When artist and poet Rupi Kaur Milk and Honey uploaded a fully clothed self-portrait with a blood-stained crotch to Instagram, the social media site removed it – twice. The incident sparked headlines around the world and divided audiences. Brit Bennett’s The Mothers tackles abortion while Viola Di Grado’s novel Hollow Heart explores the aftermath of a suicide. These writers talk with Sofia Stefanovic about why the underlying forces of our lives – sex and death – are still taboo?

Sofija Stefanovic (Australian)

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Sofija Stefanovic is a Serbian-Australian writer and storyteller based in New York. She is the author of Miss Ex-Yugoslavia, a funny and dark memoir about immigration and life as a perpetual fish out of water. Sofija hosts the popular literary salon Women of Letters New York, and This Alien Nation—a celebration of immigration. She’s a regular storyteller with The Moth, and has written for The New York Times, The Guardian and Elle, among others.