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Humble the Poet

Spoken Word Artist & Bestselling Author


  • Cutting Yourself Some Slack: How Living Up to Expectations of Others and Ourselves Can Actually Hold Us Back
  • Discovering What Really Matters to Us, but Unlearning the Things That Don’t
  • The Chips on Our Shoulders and How Letting Go Can Give Us More
  • Finding Purpose Through Serving and Building a Community
  • Humble the Poet’s Journey: A Child of Immigrants, Becoming an Artist and His Experience Entering the Realm of Hollywood


California, Canada, New York
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Humble the Poet (Kanwer Mahl), is a Canadian-born rapper, spoken-word artist, poet, internationally bestselling author, and former elementary school teacher with a wildly popular blog with over 100,000 monthly readers.

Beloved for his sincerity, playfulness, and sage advice, Humble has traditionally shared his message of self-discovery, creativity, and empowerment with his fans through music and written word. That message has now been extended to his empowering book, Unlearn: 101 Truths for a Better Life (HarperOne) offering insights and wisdom that challenge conventional thinking and help you tap into your best, most authentic self.

Publishing in October 2019, Humble flips the conventional script for happiness and success, showing us how our most painful experiences can be our greatest teachers In Things No One Else Can Teach Us (HarperOne).

With tattoos, beard, head wrap and a silly smile, Humble commands attention. He stimulates audiences with ideas that challenge conventional wisdom and go against the grain, with dynamic live sets that shake conventions and minds at the same time.  Humble has an aura that embodies the diversity and resiliency of one of the world’s most unique cities.

Humble's distinctive style and point of view have also been featured on popular television program: CBC's Canada Reads, and took home top prize. He was also featured in Apple's first Canadian ad spot for their #ShotOnIphone campaign. Humble's latest EP titled Righteous/Ratchet features the first single H.A.I.R, a celebration of women of all shapes, sizes, hair and walks of life. His self-directed video for H.A.I.R has amassed over 2 million views since its release. The video features YouTube sensation and long-time collaborator, Lilly Singh. Humble has performed at concerts and festivals including Lollapalooza and has been featured in major media including BuzzFeed and Huffington Post.

Praise for Unlearn:

“Humble the Poet offers refreshing and engaging simplicity for the ages, the kind of book that can pacify an anxious mind or fuel a long-starved passion. I love what this book offered me as the reader. So many great nuggets of wisdom and insight.”
-- Gary John Bishop, New York Times bestselling author of Unfu*k Yourself

“This is not a book. This is a mirror that forces you to look into the deepest parts of yourself and have an honest conversation. These simple truths hit hard. This is the straight-talking best friend that everyone needs.”
-- Lilly Singh, New York Times bestselling author of How to Be a Bawse

“This book was incredible! It makes you take an honest look at yourself and realize you’re not alone in those crazy thoughts, situations and struggles. Even if you think you have it all, I guarantee you’ll get so much more out of this than you’d ever imagine.”
-- Justine Ezarik, New York Times bestselling author of I, Justine

“Great read! Salute Humble the Poet”
-- Charlamagne tha God, New York Times bestselling author of Black Privilege