Mercedez Holtry – “My Blood Is Beautiful” (100K Views!)

“I’m a walking history lesson, proof that we all come from
the same tree but eventually outgrow our roots.”

Congratulations to Mercedez on topping 100,000 views on this excellent poem. Check out more of Mercedez’s work here and here.



And while you’re here, make sure to check out our books and merch as well, including our awesome t-shirts and poster and new books by Jacqui Germain, Hanif Abdurraqib, and Aaron Coleman!

Patreon Soft Launch, Contest Update, & New Book!

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!

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Best of Button Week 90

“The mind of a tortured artist is one we worship
for its struggle and judge for its suffering.”



Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s additions: Mila Cuda & Rachel Wiley!
While you’re here on our site, make sure to check out our books and merchandise in the Button Store, including books by Aziza Barnes, Danez Smith, Neil Hilborn and our NEW book from Aaron Coleman!

Best of Button Week 89

“How many times have I opened my mouth
only to hear someone else’s voice?”



Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s additions: Joseph Capehart, Jeanann Verlee & Javon Johnson!
While you’re here on our site, make sure to check out our books and merchandise in the Button Store, including books by Aziza Barnes, Danez Smith, Neil Hilborn and our NEW book from Aaron Coleman!

Best of Button Week 88

“If you were 8 years old today, you would not know
a world without a black president.”



Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s additions: Anthony McPherson & Ashley August!
While you’re here on our site, make sure to check out our books and merchandise in the Button Store, including books by Aziza Barnes, Danez Smith, Neil Hilborn and our NEW book from Aaron Coleman!

Patricia Smith – “All Purpose Product”

Performing at the Get Lit Classic Slam.

“Can I use this to scrub the uncontrollable black
from the surface of my daughter?”

Don’t miss this incredible poem from Patricia Smith, featuring during the finals of the Get Lit Words Ignite Classic Slam, the largest youth poetry tournament in Southern California. Order Get Lit Rising today at simonandschuster.com, and join the #LiteraryRiot at getlit.org.
While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including Button t-shirts in both female and unisex cuts, and books and more by many of your favorite Button artists.

Sarah Kay – “Mrs. Ribeiro” (100K Views!)

“Listen to one another like you know you are scholars. Artists. Scientists. Athletes. Musicians. Like you know you will be the ones to shape this world.”

Congratulations to Sarah on topping 100,000 views on this wonderful poem! Check out more of Sarah’s work here and here.



And while you’re here, make sure to check out our books and merch as well, including our awesome t-shirts and poster and new books by Jacqui Germain, Hanif Abdurraqib, and Aaron Coleman!