::::Atticus. Courtesy Amazon.

Atticus is the pseudonym of a Canadian poet who posts on Instagram, and has gained fame via posts on that social media site.


Atticus has revealed few details of his life. He is from British Columbia, in his late 20s. He divides his time between Canada, Europe and Los Angeles, where he lives in Venice Beach.[1]

As of the summer of 2017, he had 387,000 Instagram followers – including celebrities such as actor Emma Roberts and supermodel Karlie Kloss.[1] By the fall of 2018, his followers numbered almost 900,000.[2]

Like poet R.M. Drake, Atticus has parlayed his Instagram success into a book contract with Simon & Schuster, and distribution deals with Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Atticus released his debut collection, Love Her Wild, in July 2017. In the same month he gave his debut poetry reading, at The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles.[1]

He conceals his identity at readings, in interviews, and in photos by wearing a Guy Fawkes mask.[3] As he explains: "I chose to wear a mask because I wanted to remind myself to always write what I feel and not what I think I should feel. I feel like if I wasn't anonymous that I would start writing for the wrong reasons – trying to impress and such. I think because I try to write very truthfully and vulnerably, I would guess that that's what people relate to.[1]

Hundreds of his followers have tatooed lines from his poems onto their bodies; a favorite is "Love her, but leave her wild," from the title poem of his debut colletion.[4]

In November 2018, Collin Yost, another Instagram poet, revealed Atticus's real identity on the Instagram, and also accused him of plagiarizing from a number of sources.[2]


“I think it is a beautiful thing that is happening. I think it is a resurgence of poetry and a whole new audience is having fun with words and re-finding poetry and I feel like, in a lot of ways, poetry online is a gateway drug, as it were, to long-form poetry.”[4]


In popular cultureEdit

Atticus was voted “the world’s most tattoo-able” poet by Galore magazine.[4]


Love Her Wild • Little Black Cloud

Love Her Wild • Little Black Cloud

  • Love Her Wild: Poems. New York:Simon & Schuster (Atria Books), 2017; London: Headline, 2018.
  • The Dark between Stars: Poems. New York:Simon & Schuster (Atria Books), 2018; London: Headline, 2018.
  • The Truth about Magic: Poems. St. Martin's Griffin, 2019;[5]

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[6]

Audio / videoEdit

Atticus Poetry Reading From The Dark Between Stars

Atticus Poetry Reading From The Dark Between Stars

Atticus Reads Poems And Talks About Paris

Atticus Reads Poems And Talks About Paris

Atticus Rests

Atticus Rests

  • Love Her Wild: Poems (CD). New York: Simon & Schuster Audio, 2017.
  • The Dark between Stars: Poems (CD). New York: Simon & Schuster Audio, 2018.

Except where noted, discographical information courtesy WorldCat.[6]

See alsoEdit



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Xavier Espinoza & Marsha Lederman, "Meet Atticus, the most famous Canadian poet you’ve never heard of," Globe & Mail, July 19,2017. Web, Mar. 27, 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Claire Fallon, "Instagram Poetry is a Huckster's Paradise," Huffington Post US, October 4, 2018.. Web, Mar. 27, 2019.
  3. "‘Anonymous’ Instagram poet Atticus is taking us for a ride," Daily Dot, September 8, 2018. Web, Mar. 27, 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Dana Gee, "Who is Atticus? West Coast Canadian's short poems long on inspiration," Vancouver Sun, July 19, 2017.
  5. The Truth about Magic: Poems, Web, Mar. 27, 2019.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Search results = au:Atticus, (Poet), WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Mar. 27, 2019.

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