When artist and poet Rupi Kaur Milk and Honey uploaded a fully clothed self-portrait with a blood-stained crotch to Instagram, the social media site removed it – twice. The incident sparked headlines around the world and divided audiences. Brit Bennett’s The Mothers tackles abortion while Viola Di Grado’s novel Hollow Heart explores the aftermath of a suicide. These writers talk with Sofia Stefanovic about why the underlying forces of our lives – sex and death – are still taboo?

Sofija Stefanovic (Australian)

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Sofija Stefanovic is a Serbian-Australian writer living in the United States. She hosts the literary salon Women of Letters New York. She’s a regular storyteller with The Moth and has travelled around the United States performing with their MainStage. She’s writing a memoir called Miss Ex-Yugoslavia featuring warlords, beauty queens and everything in between.