Christopher Michael – “16th Street Baptist Church Speaks”

Performing at the 2016 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.

“I could not hold back the blast forever.”
Don’t miss this amazing persona poem from Christopher Michael, performing as a sacrificial poem before a bout at the 2016 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.
While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including Button t-shirts (on sale for the start of summer!) in both female and unisex cuts, and books by many of your favorite Button artists.

Ollie Schminkey – “Threesomes” (CUPSI 2016)

Performing at the 2016 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational

“The car of my body just won’t start, and I’m slamming on the dashboard waiting for some kind of spark, some kind of proof I didn’t just waste this.”
Don’t miss this excellent poem from Ollie Schminkey, performing for Macalester as part of the “Best of the Rest” during finals at the 2016 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.
While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including Button t-shirts (on sale for the start of summer!) in both female and unisex cuts, and books by many of your favorite Button artists.

Sarah Ogutu – “After the Storm” (CUPSI 2016)

Performing at the 2016 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational

“Depression was the storm, but my name
was the home my family gave me to survive it.”
Don’t miss this powerful poem from Sarah Ogutu, performing for the University of Minnesota during prelims at the 2016 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.
While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including Button t-shirts (on sale for the start of summer!) in both female and unisex cuts, and books by many of your favorite Button artists.

Shay Alexi Stewart – “Song of the Prettybird” (CUPSI 2016)

Performing at the 2016 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational

“My left side is my best side. I have a best side.
I have a better half. I am a half.”
Don’t miss this excellent poem from Shay Alexi Stewart, performing for Ball State University as part of the “Best of the Rest” showcase at the 2016 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational finals.
While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including Button t-shirts (on sale for the start of summer!) in both female and unisex cuts, and books by many of your favorite Button artists.

Hanif Abdurraqib – “With Each Passing Year”

“With each passing year, the list of animals I could outrun becomes smaller and smaller.”

Check out this amazing new poem from forthcoming Button author Hanif Abdurraqib, performing during the Button Poetry/YesYes Books showcase at AWP 2015.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and t-shirts, including Hanif’s brilliant new book.

Arati Warrier & Ariana Brown – “Anger”

“Glory be the castle that refuses to burn.”

Check out this stunning new poem from Arati Warrier & Ariana Brown, performing for UT Austin at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and t-shirts, including a brilliant book by Sam Sax, coach of the UT Austin team.