Melissa Lozada Oliva – Black Thong Underwear

Performed at IWPS 2015 in Washington, D.C.

“What is the word for taking bathroom breaks at your retail job to cry?”

Don’t miss this poem from Melissa Lozada Oliva, performing at IWPS 2015 in Washington, D.C.

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Kai Wallin & Logan Lopez – On Baseball

Performed at NorthBeast Regional 2023 Prelims

“Understands that my queerness remains as fluid as switching jerseys on different gamedays.”

Don’t miss this poem from Kai Wallin & Logan Lopez, performing at NorthBeast Regional 2023 Prelims

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Kevin Yang – Notes on Plants

Performed at Icehouse in Minneapolis, MN in 2023.

“It is in this moment that I can’t help but believe that we were all cut from the same pumpkin.”

Don’t miss this poem from Kevin Yang, performing at Icehouse in Minneapolis, MN in 2023.

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Ollie Schminkey – urn

Performed at the Button Studio in Minneapolis, MN in 2023.

“a bed, an urn for our sleep. a memory, an urn for that last breath.”

Don’t miss this poem from Ollie Schminkey, performing at the Button Studio in Minneapolis, MN in 2023.

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Andrea Gibson – Royal Heart

Performed at The Button Poetry Studio in Longmont, CO in 2021.

“It’s why the truth is harder to tell every year you have more to lose”

Don’t miss this poem from Andrea Gibson, performing at The Button Poetry Studio in Longmont, CO in 2021.

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EL Evelyn – Loving Someone

Performed at NorthBeast Regional 2023 Prelims

“Until then, I glisten no matter who’s watching, I’ll glimmer for my eyes only.”

Don’t miss this poem from EL Evelyn, performing at NorthBeast Regional 2023 Prelims

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Ollie Schminkey – flow//wolf

Performed at the Button Studio in Minneapolis, MN in 2023.

“how we tipped our chins and made the night echo against the trees”

Don’t miss this poem from Ollie Schminkey, performing at the Button Studio in Minneapolis, MN in 2023.

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Gabby Elvessie – Fentanyl vs Streets

Performed at WOWPS 2023 in Baltimore, MD

“All the times the ER turned us away, curling in agony, withering away, because care isn’t always committed to people of color”

Don’t miss this poem from Gabby Elvessie, performing at WOWPS 2023 in Baltimore, MD

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Najya Williams – Black Woman vs Death in the US Supreme Court

Performed at The 2023 Roxbury Poetry Festival in Boston, MA

“There’s nothing left yet there’s always more to give.”

Don’t miss this poem from Najya Williams, performing at The 2023 Roxbury Poetry Festival in Boston, MA

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