Nikita Gill is a social media phenomenon, and may very well rank as the No. 1 poet because of her celebrity. Rejected by more than 100 publishers, she turned to social media, and especially Instagram, where she has more than 262,000 followers (at latest count). She might even be called a “viral poet.”
Like social media, Gill bends genres. Her first published work, Your Body is an Ocean (2012), is ostensibly a collection of stories. But the stories often resemble poems. The same is true for what might initially be called a memoir, Your Soul is a River (2016). These are works that don’t easily fit standard categories, just like social media.
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