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.

Josh Tvrdy

Josh Tvrdy (he/him) is a writer, editor, and teacher from Tucson, Arizona. He recently graduated from North Carolina State University with an MFA in Poetry. Winner of a 2021 Pushcart Prize and Gulf Coast’s 2018 Prize in Poetry,… MORE

Phil SaintDenisSanchez

Phil SaintDenisSanchez is a poet from New Orleans. His work has appeared in Poetry International, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. His poem “monarchs are the communication medium for when i die” was a finalist for Poetry International’s C.P…. MORE

Neil Hilborn

Neil Hilborn is a College National Poetry Slam champion, and a 2011 graduate with honors from Macalester College with a degree in Creative Writing. He has two full-length collections of poetry: Our Numbered Days (Button Poetry, 2015) and… MORE

Eric Sirota

Eric Sirota is a Best of the Net nominated poet, rapper, and public interest housing lawyer based in Chicago. His first chapbook, Holy Days, was published by FreezeRay Poetry in 2017, and his second, Giveth & Taketh, by… MORE

Zach Goldberg

Zach Goldberg is a writer, educator, and arts administrator from Durham, NC. He is the author of XV (Nomadic Press, 2020) and the winner of the 2021 Button Poetry Chapbook Contest. A former member of the 2018 and… MORE

Topaz Winters

Topaz Winters is the author of the full-length poetry collections So, Stranger (2022), Portrait of My Body as a Crime I’m Still Committing (2019) & poems for the sound of the sky before thunder (2017). She is the… MORE

Ollie Schminkey

Ollie Schminkey is a non-binary transgender poet and artist living in St. Paul, MN. They have spent the past decade coaching, mentoring, teaching classes, and running workshops for poets. They are the author of three chapbooks, as well… MORE

FreeQuency

Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa is a Kenyan, Immigrant, Shoga|Queer storyteller, speaker & feeler. The 2018 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, a 2017 TEDWomen speaker and ranked 3rd at the 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam, FreeQuency is a… MORE

Edythe Rodriguez

Edythe Rodriguez is an Upper Darby poet and copywriter, hardcore Bustelo drinker and non-violent Beyhive member. She is the first place winner of the 2022 Button Poetry Chapbook Contest, the 2022 Sandy Crimmins Poetry Prize from Philadelphia Stories,… MORE

DeShara Suggs-Joe

DeShara is a queer, Black poet and visual artist. She co-founded Daughter’s Tongue (an all-women writing collective), worked as the Creative Director of Workshops at Winter Tangerine, and is a former member of the Youth Speaks Collective. She… MORE