Iain S. Thomas

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Iain S. Thomas is a South African poet and author. Iain gained notoriety through his blog, "I Wrote This For You,"[1] which was later collected in a book of the same name. Iain's work has gained popularity on social media, where it's been posted by celebrities such as Kourtney Kardashian, and has been quoted by Steven Spielberg[2] and Ariana Huffington[3]. I Wrote This For You, the collection of Iain's blog, is an international best-seller.

Early Life[edit]

Iain was born in apartheid South Africa, which he says has shaped his life and work.[4] Iain fell in love with poetry as a teenager, when Dylan Thomas' "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" helped Iain cope with his father's struggles with multiple sclerosis.[5] Iain struggled himself with depression, which drew him to poetry. Iain began his career in advertising because of his desire to be in a creative career, despite pressure from his parents to do otherwise.[6] Iain became a successful creative director, working with brands like Nike and Levi's.[7]


Iain has published 10 books and 2 short poems. [8] His first published book was I Wrote This For You in 2011, an internationally best-selling collection of poetry from his blog. I Wrote This For You features poetry from Iain's friend Jon.[9] I Wrote This For You and Only You, I Wrote This For You: Just the Words, and I Wrote This For You: 2007 - 2017 are also collections from the blog. Iain's other books include the Barnes & Noble exclusive Every Word You Cannot Say*, 25 Love Poems to the NSA, and Who You Were Before You Were You.


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  5. "Iain Thomas: Why Read Poetry?". Psychology Today. Retrieved 2020-04-13.
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  9. "An Interview with best-selling author Iain S. Thomas". Short Story Day Africa. Retrieved 2020-04-13.

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