Michael Mlekoday – “Scope”

Performed by Michael Mlekoday

“In my memory, it is always August in Kansas. The cicadas buzzing like a power plant in the late sunset, the air thick and wet with history, bleeding Kansas and all that.”

Don’t miss this incredible poem from Michael Mlekoday, performing at the Button Studio in Minneapolis, MN.

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Christopher Williams – “The Sound of Surrender” (Video Contest Winner!)

2021 Button Poetry Video Contest

“The Arena Football League, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Fast and the Furious series, Captain Planet, American Ninja Warrior, WCW Nitro. All these things lasted longer than the confederacy.”

Don’t miss this phenomenal poem from Christopher Williams, WINNER of the 2021 Button Poetry Video Contest!

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Jennah Bell, Jasmine Mans, and Alysia Harris – “Waiting”

Performing at the Stonewall International Poetry Slam

“I knew what kind of man I wanted to marry when I watched my father carry my grandfather’s dead body down the steps.”

Don’t miss this phenomenal poem from Jennah Bell, Jasmine Mans, and Alysia Harris, performing at the Stonewall International Poetry Slam in Baltimore, MD.

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Natasha Hooper – “#BaywatchBetty”

Performing at IWPS 2019

“People can’t be out here this carefree, this oblivious, this unbothered, can’t be out here just…living.”

Don’t miss this great poem from Natasha Hooper, performing at IWPS 2019 in San Diego, CA.

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Ollie Schminkey – “Gay Love is the Only Thing Saving Me”

Performing at the Button studio

“Being angry at dying people is never fair. They need you. You’re the one that’s still alive.”

Don’t miss this powerful poem from Ollie Schminkey, performing at the Button studio.

Ollie’s incredible book, DEAD DAD JOKES, is now available!

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Kelsey Daniels – “Jiggly”

Performing at the Stonewall International Poetry Slam

“Choosing myself isn’t always easy.”

Don’t miss this awesome poem from Kelsey Daniels, performing at the Stonewall International Poetry Slam in Baltimore, MD.

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LeChell the Shootah – “Model Mommy”

Performing at the Stonewall International Poetry Slam

“My husband asks what to do to help me get motivated again. Wonders why this wordsmith of a woman cannot find the words to explain postpartum depression.”

Don’t miss this powerful poem from LeChell the Shootah, performing at the Stonewall International Poetry Slam in Baltimore, MD.

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Meccamorphosis – “Duck You Autocorrect”

Performing at the Stonewall International Poetry Slam

“Duck you autocorrect. You keep playing with me, keep acting like I ain’t said what I said.”

Don’t miss this fantastic poem from Meccamorphosis, performing at the Stonewall International Poetry Slam in Baltimore, MD.

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Patrick Roche – “Fairy Tale”

Performed by Patrick Roche

“Watch as I become everything I was promised in a bedtime story.”

Don’t miss this superb poem from Patrick Roche, performed and recorded in his home.

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Check out the 2021 Button Poetry Chapbook Contest! Open NOW – January 10, 2022. More info and full guidelines here!

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José Jiménez – “Prometheus”

Performing at the Stonewall International Poetry Slam

“My professor tells me my topic is too dark for a thesis. I tell him he wouldn’t think that if more dark people were given the chance to write one.”

Don’t miss this fantastic poem from José Jiménez, performing at the Stonewall International Poetry Slam in Baltimore, MD.

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