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.

Olivia Gatwood

Olivia Gatwood is a nationally touring poet, performer, and educator from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her work has been featured on HBO and Verses & Flow, as well as in Muzzle Magazine, Bustle and The Huffington Post, among others…. MORE

Mahogany L. Browne

A Cave Canem and Poets House alumnae, Mahogany L. Browne is the author of Smudge (available now), as well as several books including Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out On-line, recommended by Small Press Distribution & About.com Best… MORE

Nate Marshall

Nate Marshall is from the South Side of Chicago. He is coeditor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket Books, 2015) and author of the chapbook Blood Percussion (Button Poetry, 2014). His book Wild… MORE

J. Scott Brownlee

Originally from rural Texas, J. Scott Brownlee is a founding member of The Localists, a literary collective that emphasizes place-based writing of personal witness, cultural memory, and the aesthetically marginalized working class.  His poems appear in The Kenyon… MORE

Aaron Coleman

Aaron Coleman is the author of the chapbook St. Trigger, which won the 2015 Button Poetry Chapbook Contest. A Fulbright Scholar and Cave Canem Fellow from Metro-Detroit, Aaron has lived and worked with youth in locations including Kalamazoo,… MORE

Hanif Abdurraqib

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, writer, and dessert enthusiast from Columbus, Ohio. He is the editor of Again I Wait For This To Pull Apart, an anthology forthcoming from Freezeray Press. His work has been published in Radius, Stirring, Muzzle, Vinyl,… MORE

Jacqui Germain

Jacqui Germain is a poet, writer and student organizer currently living in St. Louis, MO. She has featured at Young Chicago Authors in Chicago, IL, at the #BlackPoetsSpeakOut event in St. Louis and several other venues around St…. MORE

Cameron Awkward-Rich

Cameron Awkward-Rich is currently a PhD candidate in Modern Thought & Literature at Stanford University. He has represented the Bay Area at multiple national poetry slams and is on staff at Muzzle Magazine. He is the author of Transit (Button Poetry… MORE

Danez Smith

Danez Smith is the winner of a 2014 Ruth Lilly/Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. He is the author of “[insert] boy” (YesYes Books, 2014), one of the Boston Globe’s Best Poetry Books of 2014, &… 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