Rupi Kaur has had to fight every step of the way for her voice to be heard — and now, it’s coming to the small screen.
The best-selling poet, artist and performer’s first-ever taped show, Rupi Kaur Live, will premiere globally on April 30 at 9 p.m. EST. The one-hour special, filmed in early 2020 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, features Kaur performing poetry from all three of her collections: milk and honey, the sun and her flowers and home body, and speaking with her trademark intimacy and candor about the inspiration behind her work.
“It’s been a journey,” Kaur tells PEOPLE of self-releasing the show after traditional streaming networks turned it down. “Any time you’re doing something new that people aren’t used to, people can be resistant. But we keep chipping away at it,” she explains.
Kaur, 28, is no stranger to self-publishing her work: at 21, she wrote, illustrated and self-published milk and honey, a No. 1 New York Times bestseller collection of poetry and prose that explores themes of trauma, heartache, self-empowerment and renewal, all through the lens of being a multicultural young woman (Kaur is Canadian and Indian). That book, along with the sun and her flowers, have gone on to sell over 8 million copies globally and have been translated into over 42 languages. Her highly anticipated third collection, home body, was released in November during the pandemic and became an instant bestseller.