Exploding Pinecone Chapbook Contest WINNER

Button Poetry and Exploding Pinecone Press are delighted to announce J. SCOTT BROWNLEE as the winner of our 2013 chapbook competition, judged by Rachel McKibbens. Brownlee’s chapbook, Highway or Belief, will be published this winter.

Stay tuned for more from Brownlee, and to find out the rest of our winter chapbook catalog.

J. SCOTT BROWNLEE is a Writers in the Public Schools Fellow at NYU, where he teaches poetry to undergraduates and fifth graders through the Teachers & Writers Collaborative. His work has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, RATTLE, Beloit Poetry Journal, Nashville Review, Ninth Letter, BOXCAR Poetry Review, The Greensboro Review, Devil’s Lake, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, and elsewhere. A Pushcart nominated poet-of-place, Brownlee writes primarily about the people and landscape of rural Texas and is a founding member of The Localists, a new literary movement that emphasizes place-based writing of personal witness, cultural memory, and the aesthetically marginalized working-class, both in the United States and abroad. His book-length work, Disappearing Town, was named a finalist for the 2013 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Autumn Update

Hey Buttoneers,

Sam and Dylan here with what we hope will be the start of more regular updates! So the last few months have been pretty ridiculous here at Button. Word on the street is that we’ve gone viral! Our first few YouTube successes have become the foundation for a body of work totalling over 13 million views including Neil Hilborn’s “OCD”, the most viewed poetry performance on the internet (and thus anywhere, ever). We published our first book, Aziza Barnes’s me Aunt Jemima and the nailgun, and hosted a release show for her in Minneapolis. We ran the second Exploding Pinecone Chapbook Contest, and traveled to Massachusetts, Nebraska and Texas to film poetry tournaments. And it’s only speeding up from here.

In the next few months, watch for more video, our first ever Ebook release, new books from new authors, more contests, entirely new products (maybe even sweaters!), and much more. Thanks to everyone for supporting us and this art form. We can’t wait to see what’s next.

-Sam & Dylan

D: Is buttoneers a pun on boutonnières? There’s really no reason for it to be. Our community are not tiny flowers.

S: Nah, I think it’s more like being a poetry buccaneer. Fans of poetry with snazzy boots.

D: As long as it’s not like being a Tampa Bay Buccaneer. ‘Cause they are bad at football. Sports reference. We’re not nerds.

Book release incoming!

There is no doubt about it – things are definitely heating up here, over at Button! As we inch closer to a major first for both our org and for author Aziza Barnes (you guessed it, it’s our first book release!) there seems to be an increasingly audible hum in the air around the ‘office’. Some might say that the hum is just tinnitus, or the air conditioner, but I say it is the merry sound of progress! Cannot wait for the 12th of July and the official release of me Aunt Jemima and the nailgun.

New Site Launch

Welcome to the new design of Buttonpoetry.com.

Aside from a complete visual overhaul, the site now offers more information about us and our poets, a fully functional store, and a better way to keep up with current projects, so check it out!

We’ve done the best to make this new website work well for everyone. That said, if part of the site isn’t working for you, please let us know along with your browser, version, and OS so we can correct it ASAP.