Ollie Schminkey – “Experiences (Sexual)”


Performing at Honey.

“Ashley: I was her first kiss, but like it wasn’t gay. Okay, except now I actually am gay so maybe it was a little gay.”

Don’t miss this candid poem from Ollie Schminkey, performing at Honey in Minneapolis.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, Hanif Abdurraqib, Donte Collins, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Rachel Wiley, Neil Hilborn, & our newest release from Phil Kaye!

Rudy Francisco – “Love Poem Medley”


Featuring at Icehouse in Minneapolis.

“I loved you the same way that I learned how to ride a bike. Scared, but reckless. With no training wheels or elbow pads so my scars can tell the story of how I fell for you.”

Don’t miss this impeccable poem from Rudy Francisco, featuring at his book release party at Icehouse in Minneapolis. Get your copy of Rudy’s book, HELIUM.


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While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, Olivia Gatwood, Donte Collins, Sabrina Benaim, Rachel Wiley, & our newest release from Neil Hilborn!

Kevin W. Burke – “When Asked Why I Listen To Music Where ‘They Scream So Much’”

2017 Button Poetry Video Contest.

“There are days when I choke on my own voice and my words are unreadable through tears, or night sweats, or bone bruises, or silence.”

Don’t miss this great poem by Kevin W. Burke, featured contestant from the 2017 Button Poetry Video Contest!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Donte Collins, Sabrina Benaim, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Rudy Francisco, Neil Hilborn, & our newest release from Phil Kaye!

Valin Paige – “A Poem in Which the Word ‘Alcohol’ Is Replaced by ‘Survival” (Button Live)


Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“Survival: verb. To refuse help, to live day in and day out in a haze.”

Don’t miss this stunning poem from Valin Paige, performing at Button Poetry Live.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, Hanif Abdurraqib, Donte Collins, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Rachel Wiley, Neil Hilborn, & our newest release from Phil Kaye!

Andrea Gibson – “First Love”


Featuring at Button Poetry Live.

“I don’t think I ever really kissed any boys. I think my tongue had just been punching their tongues. But as soon as you loved me, all my callous went away, my hands so soft it hurt to pray.”

Don’t miss this beautiful poem from Andrea Gibson, featuring at Westcott Theater in Syracuse, NY.

Make sure to check out Andrea’s forthcoming book, LORD OF THE BUTTERFLIES.


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While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, Hanif Abdurraqib, Donte Collins, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Rachel Wiley, Neil Hilborn, & our newest release from Phil Kaye!

Julissa Emile – “Tropical Depression”


Performing at the 2018 Rustbelt Poetry Festival.

“Maybe the women of my family are hurricanes, and maybe hurricane is just a name that man gave to mother nature’s reclamation of herself.”

Don’t miss this powerful poem from Julissa Emile, performing at the 2018 Rustbelt Poetry Festival in Detroit, MI.



While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Olivia Gatwood, Hanif Abdurraqib, Sabrina Benaim, Rachel Wiley, Neil Hilborn, & our newest release from Phil Kaye!

Manuel Ávalos – “Cruelty Free Mexican Food”

2017 Button Poetry Video Contest.

“They ask for a low price, but forget about the human tax for back-breaking labor.”

Don’t miss this phenomenal poem by Manuel Ávalos, featured contestant from the 2017 Button Poetry Video Contest!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Donte Collins, Sabrina Benaim, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Rudy Francisco, Neil Hilborn, & our newest release from Phil Kaye!

Darius Simpson – “Dear 7th Grade Self”


Performing at the 2018 Rustbelt Poetry Festival.

“Dear 7th Grade Self, you are currently one of two Black people in a class of about 80, suffice to say you speak for Black people everywhere now.”

Don’t miss this sensational poem from Darius Simpson, performing at the 2018 Rustbelt Poetry Festival in Detroit, MI.



While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Olivia Gatwood, Hanif Abdurraqib, Sabrina Benaim, Rachel Wiley, Neil Hilborn, & our newest release from Phil Kaye!

Phil Kaye – “My Grandmother’s Ballroom”


Featuring at Honey.

“My grandmother’s mind was a ballroom. Inside were her memories, each one dressed for a celebration.”

Don’t miss this remarkable poem from Phil Kaye, featuring at Honey in Minneapolis.

Congratulations to Phil on the release of his debut book, DATE & TIME, now available!


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While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, Hanif Abdurraqib, Donte Collins, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Rachel Wiley, & our newest release from Neil Hilborn!