Aaron Coleman’s St. Trigger, winner of the 2015 Button Poetry Prize.
“Aaron Coleman’s undeniable St. Trigger breaks open the conflicted masculinities in the fist-heavy spaces around Black America. Through his hard-hitting, sonic verses, all of the frustrations pushing against Blackness in 2016—the insistent danger, the unforgiving partisanship, the violence—are transformed into necessary resilience. There is so much beauty here, too, in Coleman’s dexterous imagery. But even in the elegant spaces, these poems are looking over their shoulder just to be safe. As the speaker of “Elegy for Apogee” asks, “How close is absurdity, is irrelevance, is danger?””
—Adrian Matejka, author of The Big Smoke
Aaron Coleman is the author of the chapbook St. Trigger, which won the 2015 Button Poetry Chapbook Contest. A Fulbright Scholar and Cave Canem Fellow from Metro-Detroit, Aaron has lived and worked with youth in locations including Kalamazoo, Chicago, Spain, and South Africa. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis’ MFA Program and Kalamazoo College in Psychology, Aaron most recently taught Poetry Writing at Washington University in St. Louis and worked as Public Projects Assistant at Pulitzer Arts Foundation. His recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Apogee, Boston Review, Fence, The Greensboro Review, Meridian, Pinwheel, River Styx, Southern Indiana Review, Third Coast, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. A two-time semifinalist for the 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest and winner of the Tupelo Quarterly TQ5 Poetry Contest, Aaron is currently a PhD student in Washington University in St. Louis’ Comparative Literature Program, where he is studying translation.