BlacqWildFlowr – Gluttony

Performed at WoWPS 2020 in Dallas, TX

“Why would I settle for a man who can only see me as something to order, something to devour, something to conquer?”

Don’t miss this poem from BlacqWildFlowr, performing at WoWPS 2020 in Dallas, TX

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Ollie Schminkey – if I knew it would happen

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

“What is an obituary but a note passed between fingers underneath the desk during class?”

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

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Sean Patrick Mulroy – villanelle for the wound

Performed in NYC

“We men who love men’s bodies know this mouth, its whispered menace.”

Don’t miss this poem from Sean Patrick Mulroy, performing in NYC

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Best of Button – Week 35

“Love changed. Love disappeared, slowly, like baby teeth; losing parts of me I thought I needed. Love vanished like an amateur magician; everyone could see the trap door but me.”

Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist. Today’s additions: Rudy Francisco and Bri Esoteric! Congrats Poets!

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Anita Dias – In the Voice of my Father’s Heart

Performed at The Roxbury Poetry Festival in Boston, MA

“Stubborn thing the mind is, to latch on to anger like a cancer.”

Don’t miss this poem from Anita Dias, performing at The Roxbury Poetry Festival in Boston, MA

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Ariana Brown – Dear Texas

Performed at Project Row Houses in Houston, TX

“I don’t want a Devil who smiles in my face. Give me a devil proud of his deeds.”

Don’t miss this poem from Ariana Brown , performing at Project Row Houses in Houston, TX

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Phil SaintDenisSanchez

Phil SaintDenisSanchez is a poet from New Orleans. His work has appeared in Poetry International, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. His poem “monarchs are the communication medium for when i die” was a finalist for Poetry International’s C.P. Cavafy Prize and his chapbook “watch out for falling bullets” was a finalist for The Atlas Review’s and Button Poetry’s chapbook contests, and a notable manuscript for BOAAT’s chapbook contest. A semifinalist for the 2020 Discovery Prize, he has received scholarships to attend Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and presented at AWP on creating collaborations between poetry and music. His debut collection, self-portrait before & after my body, is forthcoming on Button Poetry. He studied music theory and composition at The City College of New York, records under the name SaintDenisSanchez, and currently lives in Brooklyn.

Bri Esoteric – Bigger the Hoop

Performed at WOWPS 2023 in Baltimore, MD

“We’ve stretched ourselves over their wounds, all while ignoring our own, just like we were raised to.”

Don’t miss this poem from Bri Esoteric, performing at WOWPS 2023 in Baltimore, MD

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Neil Hilborn

Neil Hilborn is a College National Poetry Slam champion, and a 2011 graduate with honors from Macalester College with a degree in Creative Writing. He has two full-length collections of poetry: Our Numbered Days (Button Poetry, 2015) and The Future (Button Poetry, 2018). His chapbook, Clatter is also available.

Neil was a member of the 2011 Macalester Poetry Slam team, which ranked first in the nation at the 2011 College National Poetry Slam. He co-coached the 2012 Macalester team, leading them to a second place finish nationally. He was also a member of the Minneapolis adult National Poetry Slam team in 2011, which placed 5th out of 80 teams from cities across the country at the adult National Poetry Slam. He is the co-founder of Thistle, a Macalester literary magazine, and has run numerous writing workshops with college and high school students. His work has been featured in publications such as Borderline Magazine and Orange Quarterly.

Eric Sirota

Eric Sirota is a Best of the Net nominated poet, rapper, and public interest housing lawyer based in Chicago. His first chapbook, Holy Days, was published by FreezeRay Poetry in 2017, and his second, Giveth & Taketh, by Wild Pressed Books in 2020. His work has been featured by Button Poetry, Entropy, Barren Magazine and elsewhere. You can’t miss him. He’s the tallest Jew for miles.