Poets

By encouraging and broadcasting the best and brightest performance poets of today, Button Poetry hopes to broaden poetry’s audience, to expand its reach and develop a greater level of cultural appreciation for the art form.

Andrea Gibson

Biography ANDREA GIBSON (they/them/theirs) is a queer author of five full-length collections of poetry, including Lord of the Butterflies (Button Poetry 2018) which sold over 20,000 copies worldwide. Winner of The Independent Publishers Award in 2019, Andrea is… MORE

Patrick Roche

Patrick Roche is an award-winning poet, mental health advocate, and Carly Rae Jepsen enthusiast from New Jersey. Videos of Patrick’s work have amassed 9 million views on YouTube, making him one of the most popular spoken word poets…. MORE

L.E. Bowman

Lauren E. Bowman is a 34-year-old writer born and raised among the Gulf of Mexico marshes and sweeping oaks of north Florida, USA. After falling in love with writing at a young age, Lauren decided to pursue a… MORE

Reagan Myers

Reagan is the youngest Grand Slam champion to ever come out of Nebraska, and was the first woman to hold the title in seven years. She’s been to two National Poetry Slams as a member of the Omaha… MORE

Rudy Francisco

Bio Rudy Francisco is one of the most recognizable names in Spoken Word Poetry. At the age of 21, Rudy completed his B.A in Psychology and decided to continue his education by pursuing a M.A in Organizational Studies…. MORE

Akosua Zimba Afiriyie-Hwedie

Akosua Zimba Afiriyie-Hwedie is a Zambian-Ghanaian poet who grew up in Botswana. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan. She is the author of Born in a Second Language, winner of Button Poetry’s 2019… MORE

Azura Tyabji

Azura Tyabji served as the 2018-19 Seattle Youth Poet Laureate and National Youth Poet Ambassador for the West. Her debut poetry collection, Stepwell, was released by Poetry Northwest. She writes in pursuit of healing, community, and justice. 

Jackson Neal

Jackson Neal (He/ They) is a poet from Houston, Texas. They are a 2019 National Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador for the Southwest and the 2019 Houston Youth Poet Laureate. Neal is a First Wave Scholar at the University… MORE

Ollie Schminkey

Ollie Schminkey is a non-binary transgender poet/musician/artist living in St. Paul, MN. They facilitate, direct, coach, and host many organizations, including a weekly writing workshop called Well-Placed Commas, which serves primarily queer and trans writers. They’ve performed poems… MORE

Kevin Kantor

Kevin Kantor (they/them) is a trans non-binary poet and theatre maker working to deconstruct and reimagine the semiotics of gender onstage and in performance. Kevin has toured nationally with their poetry, performing & leading workshops at colleges &… MORE