Best of Button Week 371

“Everyone tells me that my dad will always be watching over me and I’m like, ‘Shut up I’m just trying to masturbate.’”

Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s addition: Ollie Schminkey! Congrats Poet!

Want to be featured on Button? Submit to the 2022 Video Contest – Submissions open July 19th!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Andrea Gibson, Andrea Gibson, Natasha T. Miller, Porsha Olayiwola, L.E. Bowman, Rudy Francisco, Rachel Wiley, and our newest release from Topaz Winters!

Best of Button Week 370

“Fear of joy is the darkest of captivities.”

Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s addition: Phil Kaye! Congrats Poet!

Want to be featured on Button? Submit to the 2022 Video Contest – Submissions open July 19th!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Andrea Gibson, Andrea Gibson, Natasha T. Miller, Porsha Olayiwola, L.E. Bowman, Rudy Francisco, Rachel Wiley, and our newest release from Topaz Winters!

Blythe Baird – “Taking My Mother to a Gay Bar” (250K Views!)

“I love all of her even if there are aspects of myself she has no desire to learn how to love.”

Congratulations to Blythe Baird for topping 250,000 views on this fantastic poem! Watch more from Blythe here and here.

Get Blythe’s stunning book, If My Body Could Speak.

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While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Sabrina Benaim, Neil Hilborn, Hanif Abdurraqib, Michael Lee, L.E. Bowman, Raych Jackson, and our newest release from Topaz Winters!

Best of Button Week 369

“Is darkness only ever thought of as sinister? Or is my villain origin story placed in an idea that I should still have to save a world that excludes or refuses to choose me?”

Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s addition: Ebony Stewart! Congrats Poet!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Andrea Gibson, Andrea Gibson, Natasha T. Miller, Porsha Olayiwola, L.E. Bowman, Rudy Francisco, Rachel Wiley, and our newest release from Topaz Winters!

IBPA – Publishing University

Button Poetry attended the Independent Book Publishers Association’s (IBPA) Publishing University last month in Orlando, FL. It was our first time at the conference (though we attended virtually last year). The team found great value in the Ask the Experts one-on-ones and industry panels, while making lasting connections during network sessions. 

The conference’s keynote by Stephen Green, the Chief Operations Officer of A Kids Company About, was a particular high note for the Button team. The organization is a unique player in the publishing industry and one that shares many of the same goals and brand promises that Button does. If you haven’t heard of them and their exciting work in kids books check them out here!

We wanted to show the folks at IBPA our appreciation for the hard work they do supporting independent publishers so we brought them all swag bags of our favorite Button merch (who doesn’t want a tote?).

Turns out we’re better at literature than at math and miscalculated the number of folks on IBPA’s team. No problem though they gave the bags out to some other conference goers! One of whom was already a Button fan, check out her press here 

There is nothing better to help break the ice – after spending a few years not gathering – like giving stuff away for free. After meeting some of the great people who received our extra swag bags we went on to get to know folks from across the spectrum of independent publishing.

One of the most exciting takeaways from the conference for us was learning about the numerous strategies independent publishers use to get their books into the libraries.

Thank you so much to the incredible IBPA staff for putting on such an insightful, community-driven event. As members, Button receives remarkable support from each and every IBPA staff to push our company and the industry as a whole forward. We can’t wait to attend and connect with everyone again in 2023.

P.S. The team also bonded over watching game six of the NBA playoffs (even though the Timberwolves lost).

Photos c/o Independent Book Publishers Association. Used with permission.

Best of Button Week 368

“We can talk about guns, we can talk about access to mental health, but why aren’t we talking about men?”

Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s addition: Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre! Congrats Poet!

Submit a cover of your favorite poem to our 2021 Button Poetry Cover Contest! Open NOW – May 16, 2022. More info and full guidelines here!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Andrea Gibson, Andrea Gibson, Natasha T. Miller, Porsha Olayiwola, L.E. Bowman, Rudy Francisco, Rachel Wiley, and our newest release from Steven Willis!

Tonya Ingram – “Thirteen” (1M Views!)

“The first said: you must be a man, as much as you want it. Then offered a glass of water, which is to say, ‘have I not baptized you enough?’”

Congratulations to Tonya Ingram for topping 1,000,000 views on this stunning poem! Watch more from Tonya here and here.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Ollie Schminkey, Neil Hilborn, Dave Harris, Rachel Wiley, Ebony Stewart, Andrea Gibson, and our newest release from Steven Willis!

Best of Button Week 367

“This is war by Copaganda. Turn your favorite Black radical into Officer Friendly. Give them a seat in middle-class America with a budget the size of a buddy cop film.”

Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s addition: Steven Willis! Congrats Poet!

Submit a cover of your favorite poem to our 2021 Button Poetry Cover Contest! Open NOW – May 16, 2022. More info and full guidelines here!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Andrea Gibson, Andrea Gibson, Natasha T. Miller, Porsha Olayiwola, L.E. Bowman, Rudy Francisco, Rachel Wiley, and our newest release from Steven Willis!

Alex Dang – “Everything Must Go” (100K Views!)

“This is far from your last supper. Everything must go. Nothing left except cold, hard cash.”

Congratulations to Alex Dang for topping 100,000 views on this fantastic poem! Watch more from Alex Dang here and here.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Ollie Schminkey, Neil Hilborn, Dave Harris, Rachel Wiley, Ebony Stewart, Andrea Gibson, and our newest release from Steven Willis!

Best of Button Week 366

“How are you trying to convince me you’re my safe space when you’ve only put me in unsafe spaces?”

Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s addition: Lanise Prater! Congrats Poet!

Submit a cover of your favorite poem to our 2021 Button Poetry Cover Contest! Open NOW – May 16, 2022. More info and full guidelines here!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Andrea Gibson, Andrea Gibson, Natasha T. Miller, Porsha Olayiwola, L.E. Bowman, Rudy Francisco, Rachel Wiley, and our newest release from Steven Willis!