Amazon Sets Premiere Date for Canadian Poet Rupi Kaur's Live Special

The hour-long 'Rupi Kaur Live' will be a fusion of poetry, spoken word, humour, music and visuals
Amazon Sets Premiere Date for Canadian Poet Rupi Kaur's Live Special
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Brampton-hailing Rupi Kaur's previously self-released live special Rupi Kaur Live is officially heading to Amazon Prime Video in North America on August 27.

The hour-long Liz Patrick-directed special has been hailed as a "distinctive fusion" of poetry, spoken word, humour, music and compelling visuals from the University of Waterloo-alum's bestselling poetry collections — her watershed 2015 debut Milk and Honey, 2017's The Sun and Her Flowers and most recent 2020 book release, Home Body

Kaur said of the special's release in a statement:

Sharing this show with the world is a dream come true. I've spent a decade performing my poetry around the world and every show — since I was a teenager till now — has amounted to this live special… It is an honour to bring spoken word poetry into the homes of my readers through this live special on Prime Video. 

"Rupi is a standout artist who connects with her fans across multiple platforms and experiences, offering honesty and expectance with her art," Tyler Bern, head of content at Prime Video Canada, Australia and New Zealand, added.

Kaur had previously released the performance independently on April 30 through her website, where it was available to stream for just 48 hours. 

If you're unfamiliar, the 28-year-old Punjabi-Sikh writer was named Writer of the Decade in 2019 and she's previously performed on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. That said, Kaur has also been accused of plagiarizing her minimalist design poetry stylization from the likes of early-2010s Tumblr poet Nayyirah Waheed and British writer Warsan Shire. She's been termed an "Instapoet" for her grid-worthy lowercase, serifed verse and accompanying line drawings.

Revisit the trailer for Rupi Kaur Live below.