Ben Wenzl – “Mental Illness: The Musical!”

Performing at the Great Plains Poetry Pile-Up

“The role of college will be played by me sleeping,
also the role of work will be played by me sleeping.”

Don’t miss this incredible poem from Ben Wenzl, performing at the Great Plains Poetry Pile-Up in Lincoln, NE. Support Button on Patreon so we can continue to broadcast these amazing poets!

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Javon Johnson – “Debt” (Button Live)

Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“When tuition is steadily rising and starting salaries are dropping, degrees become no different than a designer bag: a cheap fashion statement not even worth a trip to the mall.”

Don’t miss this great new poem from Javon Johnson, performing at Button Poetry Live, November 2016. 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.

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 & more.

Chava Gabrielle – “Jupiter” (Button Live)

Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“I’m a careful girl: always walking around with my keys
locked between my knuckles and my other fist gripped.”

Don’t miss this great poem from Chava Gabrielle, performing at Button Poetry Live, January 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.

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 & more.

Pages Matam – “Black Joy, Uninterrupted”

Performing at Southern Fried 2016.

“They name all of these children after stars because we know all too
well of things only being seen once they are dead.”

Don’t miss this incredible poem from Pages Matam, 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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Ashaki Jackson – “Fulcrum”

Performing at Art Share LA

“You consider lynching mechanics and question which was
raised first: the rope or the neck?”

Don’t miss this stunning poem from Ashaki Jackson, performing at Art Share LA. Support Button on Patreon so we can continue to broadcast these amazing poets!

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Matthew Cuban Hernandez – “Challenger”

Performing at Art Share LA

“I tell them they’re worth so much more than a thousand words,
that they are an ocean of confessions, begging for an out.”

Don’t miss this excellent poem from Matthew Cuban Hernandez, performing at Art Share LA. Support Button on Patreon so we can continue to broadcast these amazing poets!

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Edwin Maldonado Jr. & Scot Free – “Jackie Robinson”

Performing at Southern Fried 2016.

“Apparently, serving your country doesn’t get you
served in your country.”

Don’t miss this powerful poem from Edwin Maldonado Jr. & Scot Free, 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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Ashley August – “Octoniggas: First Draft”

Performing at Rustbelt 2016.

“And y’all can’t see why I’m like this? I’m older
than my account balance, y’all.”

Don’t miss this great poem from Ashley August, performing at the 2016 Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam in Columbus, Ohio. Support Button on Patreon so we can continue to broadcast these amazing poets!
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Dua Saleh – “Pins and Needles” (Button Live)

Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“People who blink more than twice when explaining their identity
to their loved ones often lead lonely lives.”

Don’t miss this excellent poem by Dua Saleh, performing at Button Poetry Live, November 2016. 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.

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 & more.