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.

Natasha T. Miller

Natasha T. Miller is a Detroit, MI native, performance poet, LGBTQ activist, film producer, and founder of the “Artists Inn Detroit.” Natasha has been a member of four national slam teams, starred in a national Sprite commercial, a… MORE

Javon Johnson

Javon Johnson is an Assistant Professor and Director of African American & African Diaspora studies and holds an appointment in Gender & Sexuality Studies in the Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies Department at the University of Nevada, Las… MORE

Bianca Phipps

Bianca Phipps (they/them) is a queer Latinx poet, actor, and teaching artist from San Antonio, TX. Currently based in Chicago, Bianca’s work has appeared in Persephone’s Daughters, Blue River Review, Heavy Feather Review, and on Button Poetry.

Rachel Wiley

Rachel Wiley is a queer, biracial poet and performer from Columbus, Ohio. She is a fellow and faculty member of the Pink Door Writing Retreat held annually for women and nonbinary writers of color in upstate New York…. MORE

Ebony Stewart

Ebony Stewart is an award-winning international touring poet and performance artist. Her work speaks to the black experience, with emphasis on gender, sexuality, womanhood, and race, with the hopes to be relatable, remove shame, heal minds, encourage dialogue,… MORE

Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre

Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre is a poet, educator, and activist based in Minneapolis, MN. His work explores the relationships between identity, power, and resistance, and he’s performed everywhere from the United Nations, to music festivals like Eaux Claires… MORE

Steven Willis

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, storyteller Steven Antoine Willis uses his poetic and theatrical background to embark on the daunting task of creatively articulating African American culture. With art heavily influenced by urban life and religion, Steven… MORE

Topaz Winters

Topaz Winters is the author of the full-length poetry collections 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 founder & editor-in-chief… MORE

Siaara Freeman

Siaara Freeman is from Cleveland Ohio, where she is the current Lake Erie Siren & a teaching artist for Center For Arts Inspired Learning and The Sisterhood Project in conjunction with the Anisfieldwolf Foundation. She is a 2021… MORE

Nava EtShalom

Nava EtShalom learned to talk in Jerusalem and to read in Brooklyn. Now she’s a poet, teacher, and editor in Philadelphia. As a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Pennsylvania, Nava writes about Anglophone literary representations… MORE