Hera Lindsay Bird and Rupi Kaur flout sanitised femininity. Hera’s self-titled book of poetry catapulted the 28-year-old Kiwi to cult status with poems such as Keats is Dead So Fuck Me From Behind and Monica, an ode to Friends’ Monica. Indian-Canadian Rupi has fashioned a career out of forcing herself into places where she’s least expected, whether it’s making the New York Times bestseller list or challenging social media to rethink how it sees menstruation. Catch these two in revealing conversation with each other.

Rupi Kaur supported by the Consulate General of Canada, Sydney.

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Hera Lindsay Bird (International)

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Hera Lindsay Bird is a poet and bookseller from Wellington. Her self-titled and semi-autobiographical book of poetry Hera Lindsay Bird has earned her a cult status for her ‘smart, sassy and explicit takes on everything from female sexuality to Friends’ (The Guardian). In particular, her poem Keats is Dead so Fuck me From Behind hit a particular nerve with readers, and went viral. Her work has been published by The Toast, The Hairpin and has been included in Best New Zealand Poems.

Rupi Kaur (International)

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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.