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.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out all 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.

Best of Button Week 84

“They called me girl. Girl, as if
that was something I wouldn’t ever want to be.”


Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s additions: Jamie Mortara & Ebony Stewart!
While you’re here on our site, make sure to check out our books and merchandise in the Button Store, including books by Aziza Barnes, Danez Smith, Neil Hilborn and our NEW book from Hanif Abdurraqib!

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!
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.

Ollie Schminkey – “Boobs” (500K Views!)

“My body is not wrong.
The way people talk about my body is wrong.
But my body is the only thing I can change.”

Congratulations to Ollie on topping 500,000 views on this fantastic poem. Help support Button Poetry so we can continue broadcasting all these artists!
Check out more of Ollie’s work here and here.
And while you’re here, make sure to check out our books and merch as well, including our awesome t-shirts and poster and new books by Jacqui Germain and Hanif Abdurraqib!

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.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out all 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.

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.
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.

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.

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.

Porsha Olayiwola – “Water” (100K Views!)

“I’ve heard sharks followed slave ships crossing the atlantic ocean, trailing black bodies thrown overboard.”

Congratulations to Porsha on topping 100,000 views on this stunning poem. Help support Button Poetry so we can continue broadcasting all these artists!
Check out more of Porsha’s work here and here.
And while you’re here, make sure to check out our books and merch as well, including our awesome t-shirts and poster and new books by Jacqui Germain and Hanif Abdurraqib!

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.

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.

Best of Button Week 83

“But alas, Meek remained as silent as Frank Ocean’s third album.”


Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s additions: Michael Mlekoday and the Temple University slam team!
While you’re here on our site, make sure to check out our books and merchandise in the Button Store, including books by Aziza Barnes, Danez Smith, Neil Hilborn and our NEW book from Hanif Abdurraqib!