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?

Brit Bennett (International)

Brit Bennett is an essayist and the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel The Mothers, which became a New York Times bestseller. In 2016 Bennett was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and won the NBCC John Leonard First Novel Prize. Named as one of the 5 Under 35 Promising New Novelists by the National Book Foundation in 2016, the New York Times Book Review called her work Ôferociously movingÕ. Her writing is featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel. Brit's Jezebel essay, I DonÕt Know What to Do With Good White People, generated more than a million hits in three days. She is currently working on her second novel.

Sofija Stefanovic (Australian)

Sofija Stefanovic

Sofija Stefanovic is a Serbian-Australian writer and storyteller based in New York. She is the author of Miss Ex-Yugoslavia, a funny and dark memoir about immigration and life as a perpetual fish out of water. Sofija hosts the popular literary salon Women of Letters New York, and This Alien Nation—a celebration of immigration. She’s a regular storyteller with The Moth, and has written for The New York Times, The Guardian and Elle, among others.