Exciting news! We’ll be announcing the finalists for the chapbook contest next week. For now, we’d like to recognize our semifinalists. We were very impressed by these manuscripts, and we wish we could’ve passed them on to the final round.
Nic Alea, SUMMER IN THE HOUSE OF ICHTHYO Jackson Burgess, HOLY SMOKES Elizabeth Catanese, RULES FOR SWIMMING Amara Chaudhry, A SILENT EMANCIPATION Ethan Chua, THERE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN STORMS Keno Evol, SO PLEASE NO POETS IN THE CHURCH Hazem Fahmy, RED//JILD//PRAYER Megan Foley, DEIXIS Mo Fowler, RAISED TO BE SAVED Geula Geurts, ALL THE GLORY OF THE KING’S DAUGHTER Darla Himeles, FLESH ENOUGH Khary Jackson, WANION Perry Janes, THE ONLY HOME LynleyShimat Lys, APPROPRIATE CITIES OF ORIGIN Chrissy Montelli, HEART FLOAT Jae Nichelle, LETTERS FROM MY DEMONS TO COMFORT ME Jason Rusch, PROBLEMATIC QUEER LOVE Sea Sharp, NEGROX Andrea Vaughan, MAYBE & MEMORY Junious Ward, BOY;LOUD
Patreon Soft Launch, Contest Update, & New Book! 11/18/16 There’s only a few weeks left in the soft launch of our Button Patreon page, during which you can get a free book or t-shirt of your choice while helping to support Button’s ability to keep broadcasting and publishing! We’re really excited about our goals for Patreon, including massively increased accessibility for our videos, a nationwide tour, and more. Check it out now!
In other news, we’re hard at work reviewing chapbooks and videos from the 2016 contests. We’ve already witnessed a ton of incredible work, and we can’t wait to share some of it with all of you. Keep an eye out for more updates there in the next couple months!
And finally, speaking of the contest, last year’s chapbook winner, St.Trigger by Aaron Coleman, is officially available for order. Adrian Matejka, last year’s finalist judge, writes “Aaron Coleman’s undeniable St. Trigger breaks open the conflicted masculinities in the fist-heavy spaces around Black America. Through his hard-hitting, sonic verses, all of the frustrations pushing against Blackness in 2016—the insistent danger, the unforgiving partisanship, the violence—are transformed into necessary resilience.” Get your copy today!
Button Poetry Update 7/21/2016 Hey Button fans! We’re here to give you an update on some of the exciting stuff that’s been happening in the last few months at Button, as well as what you can look forward to in the near future.
First of all, we’re thrilled to announce that alongside this year’s 5th Annual Button Poetry / Exploding Pinecone Chapbook Contest, we’re launching the first ever Button Poetry video contest, where anyone can submit their own video for a chance to be run by Button! Over the last year, we’ve increasingly realized the limited nature of our film work: we can only really film poets in specific physical spaces where we’re present each year. We intend for this to be the first of many opportunities for people around the world to get on the ever-larger digital stage for poetry. Both contests are now open for submission; you can check out all the details here.
Button Poetry Live has been running strong, packing out CAMP Bar in Saint Paul every single month (we had to turn away over 50 people at our last show, so if you’re in the Twin Cities, get your tickets EARLY for the July 29th team send-off show). We’re so thankful to all the supporters who helped fund our Kickstarter Campaign last year to get the matching grant from Knight Foundation. In addition to the amazing poems we’ve been filming and running on the Button channel, we’ve also been livestreaming the show to thousands of viewers each month. Keep an eye out on our social media (or sign up for our mailing list) to stay up to date on the next one!
Speaking of Button Poetry Live, we’ve been churning out new audio albums over at the Button Poetry Bandcamp! Our “Best of Button” series highlights the top poems from YouTube each month, while the “Button Poetry Live” series offers exclusive tracks and live material available only on the album. Check it all out here, and subscribe to get our full back catalog and all new releases, as well as exclusive subscriber-only content.