Rupi Kaur is passionate about expression. She puts her heart on paper – and into every other medium she works in. Whether she’s writing poems, taking photographs or designing books, Rupi is deeply immersed in the creative process. Her debut collection of poems, Milk and Honey, is a #1 New York Times bestseller, and her second book, soon to be released, is eagerly anticipated. Sara Mansour, co-founder of Bankstown Poetry Slam, talks to Rupi about how she expresses herself through her art.
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Rupi Kaur (International)
Rupi Kaur, Toronto-based poet, multimedia artist, and spoken word performer, began her career sharing poems at poetry readings and online. Her poetry and prose collection, Milk and Honey, is a #1 New York Times bestseller, and sold one million copies. Her new collection will be published in September. Rupi often uses Instagram to publish new work, and gained support for her photoseries to destigmatise the taboos around menstruation.
Sara Mansour (Australian)
Sara Mansour is a recent law graduate who co-founded Bankstown Poetry Slam (BPS) in February 2013. BPS has grown to be the largest regular spoken word event in the country, attracting an average of 300 people per month. After growing up in Punchbowl, Sara has been heavily involved in community work and the arts since BPS' inception, performing locally and internationally, facilitating workshops and featuring on numerous panels. In 2016, she programmed and executed 'Real Talk'- a project that delivers free spoken word workshops to students across seven Western Sydney high schools. Her work was recognised at last year's inaugural Out There Summit where she accepted the Pemulwuy Prize 2016 from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on behalf of BPS' contributions to the Western Sydney community.