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.

Michael Mlekoday

Michael Mlekoday is a poet and performer from Minneapolis. Mlekoday’s first book, The Dead Eat Everything (Kent State University Press, 2014), was selected by Dorianne Laux as the winner of the 2012 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize…. MORE

Sierra DeMulder

Sierra DeMulder is one of the most accomplished and recognizable young women in the world of slam poetry. The two-time National Poetry Slam champion has spent the past five years energizing audiences at colleges and poetry events across… MORE

Sam Cook

Sam Cook is a National Poetry Slam champion who resides in Minnesota. He is a recipient of the 2012 Verve Grant and the Founder of Button Poetry. Sam works for Macalester College, coaching and coordinating their CUPSI slam program…. MORE

Hieu Minh Nguyen

Hieu Minh Nguyen was born and raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota, by a single, Vietnamese-American, mother. He is the author of This Way to the Sugar (Write Bloody Press, 2014). He co-coached the 2011 University of Minnesota poetry slam team, which placed… MORE

Dylan Garity

Dylan Garity is a College National Poetry Slam Champion, whose work has been featured on Upworthy and The Huffington Post. He is a 2012 graduate with honors from Macalester College. He was a member of the 2010 , 2011 and 2012 Macalester Slam… 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. His debut full-length book, Our Numbered Days, is now available, as well as his… MORE