Best of Button Week 39

Theresa Best of Button

“If your God really wanted you in my pants, he would’ve made you me.”

Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button Playlist, featuring the hottest recent videos on the Button YouTube channel. Updated every week! Today’s additions: Theresa Davis, Crystal Valentine, and Amber Tambyln. Congratulations poets!

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Blythe Best of Button Website

“If you develop an eating disorder when you are already thin to begin with, you to go the hospital. If you develop an eating disorder when you are not thin to begin with, you are a success story.”

Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button Playlist, featuring the hottest recent videos on the Button YouTube channel. Updated every week! Today’s additions: Blythe Baird and a group piece from the House Slam team. Congratulations poets!

Update on Button Poetry & TruArtSpeaks

On October 29th and 30th, representatives of Button Poetry met with representatives of TruArtSpeaks at Golden Thyme Coffee & Cafe in Saint Paul for a racial equity/social justice analysis and training moderated by Gabriella Anais Deal-Márquez of Voices for Racial Justice.

Over the course of the two-day meeting, we discussed details and addressed lingering questions in regards to last year’s prospective Button Educational Initiative and the events surrounding it, and their impact on individuals and communities in the Twin Cities. We also examined racial equity and social justice, and how they can be practiced and committed to both individually and organizationally, as well as the historical and present impact of oppressive systems and white supremacy. Many productive and valuable conversations occurred, and the meeting ended on a positive and encouraging note.

We at Button are committed to navigating our space in the Twin Cities poetry communities responsibly, equitably, and transparently. We would like to recognize TruArtSpeaks’ ongoing and invaluable work in the Twin Cities, and extend our thanks and gratitude to their organization for coordinating this training and this dialogue. We would also like to thank Gabriella for facilitating. Any questions from members of the community for Button Poetry in regards to this meeting, last year’s proposed initiative, or surrounding issues can be addressed to us at buttonpoetry@gmail.com, and we will do our best to respond thoroughly and promptly.

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Rudy Adrenaline Rush Best of Button

“It must be nice to feel so safe you have to invent new ways to put yourself in danger.”

Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button Playlist, featuring the hottest recent videos on the Button YouTube channel. Updated every week! Today’s additions: Rudy Francisco, Sara Brickman, and Joel Francois. Congratulations poets!

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Best of Button Week 36

Brenna Anxiety Screenshot

“When I tell you that my anxiety is a camera that shows everyone I love as bones, when I tell you that panic is a stubborn phantom—she will grab onto me and not let go for months—this is the part of the story when everyone is telling you to run.”

Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button Playlist, featuring the hottest recent videos on the Button YouTube channel. Updated every week! Today’s additions: Brenna Twohy, Raven McGill, and Effy Fritz. Congratulations poets!

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Cameron Awkward-Rich

Cameron Awkward-Rich is currently a PhD candidate in Modern Thought & Literature at Stanford University. He has represented the Bay Area at multiple national poetry slams and is on staff at Muzzle Magazine. He is the author of Transit (Button Poetry 2015). You can find Cam’s work in The Journal, The Seattle Review, The Bakery and elsewhere. You can find Cam on public transit somewhere.