On Feb 6. a dimly lit borrowed bedroom in Reading, England hosts 20-year-old poet Isabella Dorta as she tries to take her mind off the very chaotic and hectic six days leading up to the release of her book, “how sunflowers bloom under the moonlight.”
The English poet gained traction on the viral social media platform “TikTok,” and now has surpassed 407.7K followers since her book was released on Feb. 14.
Originally from Edinburgh, Dorta began our conversation with a flushed face and a bout of laughter as she was reminded how she began getting her poems out to the world.
“It doesn’t bother me,” said Dorta, referring to a Youtube channel she began with a former friend in 2020. “It was my first like step into poetry online. My first YouTube video got about a thousand views, I think which shocked me at the time. I was like, wow, this is really good.”
Propped up on her dresser, she speaks eloquently mentioning her disbelief that now she’s reached higher success after surpassing the negative expectations of her secondary school teachers and an unhealthy relationship.
“I don’t think I really had a lot of self love or a lot of good ways to cope with life when I started really writing,” Dorta said. “Then when I started posting on Tik Tok, [I] think [that’s] when [I began to become a] version of myself that I’m now proud to be.”
As her book reaches close to three thousand copies sold, Dorta’s main goal is to give back to all those who have given everything they have to her.
“The first thing I will do is pay off some of my mom’s mortgage. That’s been my idea since the beginning,” said Dorta. “I just want to be able to help my mom out.”
Shyly speaking of her self-made success, she points out that her success has come from the life she was shaken out of.
“For me, that was something that I had to do on my own when I was sobbing on my bedroom floor at 3 a.m,” said Dorta. “Or when I was upset because I was dealing with all the trauma and reliving everything that happened to me. As much as I obviously have been helped by people who support me in life, but no one has supported me really with this. This is completely by myself.”
Dorta has her books for purchase on her website and can be found @isabelladorta444 on all social media platforms.