Javon Johnson – “On Learning Freedom”

Performed by Javon Johnson

“The first time I slow danced with a girl was at a backyard party in South Central. It was a sweaty night and the air was too thick for anything but a slow song.”

Don’t miss this powerful poem from Javon Johnson.

Javon’s highly-anticipated debut book, AIN’T NEVER NOT BEEN BLACK, is now available!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Sabrina Benaim, Neil Hilborn, Michael Lee, Blythe Baird, Raych Jackson, & our newest releases from Rudy Francisco & Kevin Kantor!

Alysia Harris and Zora Howard – “Sh*t I’m Not Creative Enough to Make Up”

Performing at The Strivers Row

“These stories aren’t novel. This skin won’t wear off.”

Don’t miss this incredible poem from Alysia Harris and Zora Howard, performing at The Strivers Row.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Sabrina Benaim, Neil Hilborn, Michael Lee, Blythe Baird, Raych Jackson, & our newest releases from Rudy Francisco & Kevin Kantor!

Jason B. Crawford – “After Twerking in White Spaces (after Danez Smith)”

Performing at Rustbelt 2019

“I knew when the one girl said she learned to twerk from ‘Bring It On,’ it was time for me to go.”

Don’t miss this fantastic poem from Jason B. Crawford, performing at Rustbelt 2019 in St.Louis, MO.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Sabrina Benaim, Neil Hilborn, Michael Lee, Blythe Baird, Raych Jackson, & our newest releases from Rudy Francisco & Kevin Kantor!

Ollie Schminkey & Wyatt Fleckenstein – “Small Towns” (250K Views!)

“This town raised me to only cheer for the team we knew would win anyway. To only accept those who already fit in.”

Congratulations to Ollie Schminkey & Wyatt Fleckenstein for topping 250,000 views on this fantastic poem! Watch more from CUPSI 2014 here.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Sabrina Benaim, Neil Hilborn, Michael Lee, Blythe Baird, Raych Jackson, & our newest releases from Javon Johnson & Rudy Francisco!

Pages Matam – “Draikus”

Performing at the Main Street Playhouse

“The irony in offering soon dead things to show you love someone.”

Don’t miss this incredible poem from Pages Matam, performing at the 190601 Storytellers VIII at the Main Street Playhouse.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Sabrina Benaim, Neil Hilborn, Michael Lee, Blythe Baird, Raych Jackson, & our newest releases from Rudy Francisco & Kevin Kantor!

Jared Singer – “Resonance”

Featuring at Honey

“Buying her flowers always feels like buying her a funeral bouquet and sending it to the wrong house.”

Don’t miss this amazing poem from Jared Singer, featuring at Honey in Minneapolis, MN.

Grab your copy of Jared’s stunning book, FORGIVE YOURSELF THESE TINY ACTS OF SELF-DESTRUCTION , now available!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Sabrina Benaim, Neil Hilborn, Michael Lee, Blythe Baird, Raych Jackson, & our newest releases from Bianca Phipps & Javon Johnson!