Jess Howard – “Luminescence” (Southern Fried)

Performing at Southern Fried

“People do not snap into existence
just because we decide to start noticing.”

Don’t miss this excellent poem from Honey Sanaa, performing at the 2016 Southern Fried Poetry Slam in Greensboro, NC. Check out more of Honey’s work here.

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Melissa Lozada-Oliva – “Tonsils” (Button Live)

Featuring at Button Poetry Live

“And the math teacher keeps comin’ in between them
with the red cup, asking them to leave room for Jesus.”

Don’t miss this excellent poem from Melissa Lozada-Oliva, performing at Button Poetry Live. Check out more from Melissa here and here.

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Akeem Olaj – “Black Boys, Die Easy” (Southern Fried)

Performing at Southern Fried

“To be a black boy at this moment in time
is to have all your bones broken & still be expected to stand.”

Don’t miss this incredible poem from Akeem Olaj, performing at the 2016 Southern Fried Poetry Slam in Greensboro, NC. Support Button on Patreon so we can continue to broadcast these amazing poets!
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Hanif Abdurraqib – “All the Gangbangers Forgot about the Drive-By”

Featuring at Button Poetry Live

“We all have to keep the dirt from underneath
the fingernails of our mothers.”

Don’t miss this stunning poem from Hanif Abdurraqib, performing at Button Poetry Live. Check out Hanif’s incredible debut book here.

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Chloe Medina – “Let Us Appreciate It All” (Get Lit)

Performing at the Get Lit Classic Slam.

“No, you can’t just like it cause it’s pretty!
Ah…welI I do.”

Don’t miss this lovely poem from Chloe Medina, performing during the finals of the Get Lit Words Ignite Classic Slam, the largest youth poetry tournament in Southern California. Order Get Lit Rising today at simonandschuster.com, and join the #LiteraryRiot at getlit.org.
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Honey Sanaa – “Truth Be Told” (Southern Fried)

Performing at Southern Fried

“My grandfather used to say that a lie will make it around the world
and back before the truth even gets its shoes on.”

Don’t miss this excellent poem from Honey Sanaa, performing at the 2016 Southern Fried Poetry Slam in Greensboro, NC. Check out more of Honey’s work here.

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Chrysanthemum Tran – “Why I Never Reported My Rape” (WOWPS 2016)

Featuring at WOWPS 2016

“It’s ironic, how I can’t send my rapist to prison without feeling
guilty, like I’m the one taking something from him.”

Don’t miss this incredible poem from Chrysanthemum Tran, performing at the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam in Brooklyn, NY. Check out more from Chrysanthemum here and here.

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Mason Granger – “Alexander Squarepants: Track #31” (Button Live)

Performing at Button Poetry Live

“SpongeBob he obviously has Krabby Patty passions / In the back he flip them flappies with his right hand Patrick”

Hamilton fans, don’t miss this hilarious mash-up from Mason Granger, founder of SlamFind, performing at Button Poetry Live.

If you’re in Minnesota, don’t miss the next live show!
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Safia Elhillo – “To Make Use of Water” (CUPSI 2016)

Featuring at CUPSI 2016.

“Back home we are plagued by a politeness so dense, even the doctors
cannot call things what they are.”

Don’t miss this incredible poem from Safia Elhillo, featuring at the 2016 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational in Austin, TX. Check out Safia’s main feature performance here.
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Nia Lewis – “Closed” (Get Lit 2016)

Performing at the Get Lit Classic Slam.

“You must understand that a body is just a body,
a silhouette isn’t a definition of a woman.”

Don’t miss this great poem from Nia Lewis, performing at the Get Lit Words Ignite Classic Slam, the largest youth poetry tournament in Southern California. Order Get Lit Rising today at simonandschuster.com, and join the #LiteraryRiot at getlit.org.
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