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Instagram-Famous Poets You Should be Following

Story by: The Betsy Hotel

In an era of short word counts and shorter attention spans, the art of writing has had to adapt to an ever-changing digital landscape, as social media continues to transform how we communicate and consume the written word. Poetry, both long- and short-form, has been particularly influenced by this evolution, but not in the way you might think. In fact, social media has led to a widespread resurgence of interest in poetry, thanks in large part to the trend-setting efforts of these Instagram poets.
 

yung pueblo

yung pueblo’s style is heavily influenced by the positive self-talk that comes with mastering meditation — every poem and written piece focuses on finding happiness, being authentically yourself, and speaking your truth. With a clean aesthetic and straightforward style, this NYC-based meditator, writer, and speaker is a wellspring of inspiring words and ideas. 

Rupi Kaur

The best-known name on the list, Rupi Kaur has been credited as the leader of the Instagram poetry movement; her heartfelt writing has led her to publish multiple best-selling books and garner millions of followers. If you’re looking for poetry that delves into the pain of heartbreak and the process of healing, her words will transport and empower you.

Nayyirah Waheed

There’s a subtle, bubbling force underneath the surface of Waheed’s particular brand of Instagram poetry — her pieces are fierce yet loving, like a tigress waiting to pounce. Her two books on the craft are mainstays in poetry classrooms, and she’s currently using her platform for live readings during this time of powerful social change.
 

Atticus 

Another big name in the world of Instagram poetry, this single voice seems to have emerged straight from the words of philosophers past. With such weighted wisdom, it’s hard to believe that these snippets of internal dialogue are coming from a contemporary writer. Atticus’s pen name is as singular as the topic of his poetry: love.
 

Nikita Gill

Nikita Gill is a writer’s writer, using her platform to promote her own work as well as the words of writers currently inspiring her. She’s created a community through her short-form and long-form poetry, which has led her to publishing her work and presenting a powerful TED talk.

Tyler Knott Gregson 

Poetry has the power to put an image or a feeling into words, and Tyler Knott Gregson’s work does both. Mixing straightforward and romantic-leaning poetry with his exceptional skills as a photographer, his platform is a poetic and visual expression of a contagious joy and gratitude. 

Cleo Wade 

Cleo Wade is an absolute force to be reckoned with. She’s taken the concept of Instagram poetry to the next level by using her platform for spoken arts both lyrical and conversational. Through her work and subsequent podcasts, Wade has built a tight-knit community of thought-seekers, confronting complex topics head-on with a beautifully distinctive hand-written style.