Marshall Gillson – “Black Boy Climbs into the Gorilla Cage to Ask for Advice”

2016 Button Poetry Video Contest.

“They mistake our wailing for anger, but it is pain.”

Don’t miss this spectacular poem from Marshall Gillson, featured contestant in the 2016 Button Poetry Video Contest. Join our mailing list and get notified for our next submission period!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out all our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Danez Smith, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Sam Sax, our newest release from Olivia Gatwood & more.

Anne CapCap – “I Rock the Mic”

2016 Button Poetry Video Contest.

“I’m a short starving student barely standing five-feet sizzling like Hot Pockets–slick and lisping.”

Don’t miss this wonderful poem from Anne CapCap, featured contestant in the 2016 Button Poetry Video Contest. Join our mailing list and get notified for our next submission period!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out all our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Danez Smith, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Sam Sax, our newest release from Olivia Gatwood & more.

Omar Holmon – “Echo of an Epilogue” (Button Live)

Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“I wish there was something of yours left that I could put my ear to, and hear the familiar of your voice stumbling for my name.”

Don’t miss this incredible poem from Omar Holmon, featuring at Button Poetry Live, February 2017. If you’re in the Twin Cities, don’t miss the next Button Poetry Live show, first Monday of every month in downtown Saint Paul, or watch LIVE from our YouTube Channel.



While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Mahogany L. Browne, Olivia Gatwood, Hanif Abdurraqib, Sabrina Benaim, Jacqui Germain, Aaron Coleman & more.

Meghann Plunkett – “Humans”

2016 Button Poetry Video Contest.

“We are human. We know this because we can look down on almost anything.”

Don’t miss this spectacular poem from Meghann Plunkett, featured contestant in the 2016 Button Poetry Video Contest. Join our mailing list and get notified for our next submission period!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out all our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Danez Smith, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Sam Sax, our newest release from Olivia Gatwood & more.

Aaron Coleman – “St. Trigger”

Performing at his book release in Minneapolis.

“I’m hum and tick, derision and boom, unclocked time.”

Don’t miss this spectacular poem from Aaron Coleman, performing at his book release in Minneapolis. Check out Aaron’s incredible book, St. Trigger, Winner of the 2015 Button Poetry Chapbook Contest.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out all our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Danez Smith, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Sam Sax, our newest release from Olivia Gatwood & more.

Hieu Minh Nguyen – “Ode to the Pubic Hair Stuck in My Throat”

Performing at Honey in Minneapolis.

“How lonely it must be to come from desire but end where light ends.”

Don’t miss this marvelous poem from Hieu Minh Nguyen, performing at Honey in Minneapolis. Check out Hieu’s phenomenal book, “This Way to the Sugar”.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out all our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Danez Smith, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Sam Sax, our newest release from Olivia Gatwood & more.

Cortney Lamar Charleston – “How Do You Raise a Black Child?” (Motionpoems)

A poetry film by Motionpoems.

“How do you raise a Black child? From the dead. With pallbearers who are half as young as their faces suggest and twice the oxen they should be.”

Don’t miss this magnificent film from Motionpoems, inspired by Cortney Lamar Charleston. Join our mailing list and get notified for our next submission period!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out all our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Danez Smith, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Sam Sax, our newest release from Olivia Gatwood & more.

Emi Mahmoud – “How to Translate a Joke” (Button Live)

Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“This joke that I heard in Arabic hurts just as much in English, and French, and in any other dialect.”

Don’t miss this brilliant poem from Emi Mahmoud, featuring at Button Poetry Live, June 2017. If you’re in the Twin Cities, don’t miss the next Button Poetry Live show, first Monday of every month in downtown Saint Paul, or watch LIVE from our YouTube Channel.



While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Mahogany L. Browne, Olivia Gatwood, Hanif Abdurraqib, Sabrina Benaim, Jacqui Germain, Aaron Coleman & more.

Steve Currie – “Descrambled Eggs”

2016 Button Poetry Video Contest.

“I used to picture this body as a submarine, with me in a captain’s suit staring out through periscopic eyes.”

Don’t miss this marvelous poem from Steve Currie, featured contestant in the 2016 Button Poetry Video Contest. Join our mailing list and get notified for our next submission period!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out all our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Danez Smith, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Sam Sax, our newest release from Olivia Gatwood & more.

Olivia Gatwood – “Backpedal”

Performing at her book release in St. Paul.

“i am not afraid of blood which is also part of being a girl.”

Don’t miss this spectacular poem from Olivia Gatwood, performing at her book release in St. Paul. Check out Olivia’s incredible book, New American Best Friend.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out all our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Danez Smith, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Sam Sax, our newest release from Olivia Gatwood & more.