Chrysanthemum Tran – “Vampires” (CUPSI 2016)

Performing at CUPSI 2016.

“When was the last time you saw a face like mine without the glow of a mob’s torch?”

Don’t miss this amazing poem from Chrysanthemum Tran, performing for Brown at the 2016 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. Subscribe to us on YouTube to stay up to date on all these amazing performances.
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Danez Smith – “Oooooh, You Look Like” (AWP 2016)

Performing at AWP 2016.

“Just what the fuck does Kenneth look like?”
Don’t miss this hilarious poem from Danez Smith, performing at the 2016 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference. Subscribe to us on YouTube to stay up to date on all these amazing performances.
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Emily Eastman – “The First Time”

Performing at the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam.

“The difference between a dream and wakefulness:
we know it’s real if it hurts.”
Don’t miss this great poem from Emily Eastman, performing at the Women of the World Poetry Slam. Subscribe to us on YouTube to stay up to date on all these amazing performances.
While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including Button t-shirts in both female and unisex cuts, and books and more by many of your favorite Button artists.

Soré Agbaje – “I Was Born” (CUPSI 2016)

Performing at the 2016 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.

“Once you are used to the idea of losing things, it no longer holds its value.”
Don’t miss this powerful poem from Soré Agbaje, performing for Brooklyn College at the 2016 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. Subscribe to us on YouTube to stay up to date on all these amazing performances.
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Alex Dang & Dante Douglas – “The Shotgun Cabinet” (CUPSI 2016)

Performing at the 2016 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.

“Choke a running faucet, and you come out with clean hands.”
Don’t miss this excellent poem from Alex Dang and Dante Douglas, performing as part of the “Best of the Rest” during finals at the 2016 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. Subscribe to us on YouTube to stay up to date on all these amazing performances.
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.

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.

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