Melissa Lozada-Oliva – “Ode to Brown Girls With Bangs”


Performing at her book release in Minneapolis.

“you are meticulous because everyone is watching. you are afraid because it is the only way you know how to love.”

Don’t miss this marvelous poem from Melissa Lozada-Oliva, featuring at her book release party at Icehouse in Minneapolis.

Make sure to check out Melissa’s new book, PELUDA, now available!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Olivia Gatwood, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Aaron Coleman, Donte Collins, William Evans, Rudy Francisco, and our newest releases from Claire Schwartz and Stevie Edwards!

Melissa Lozada-Oliva – “My Hair Stays on Your Pillow Like a Question Mark”


Performing at her book release in Minneapolis.

“Imagine being as gross as you fear?? Imagine the things that shed from you turning into something that survives the apocalypse??”

Don’t miss this fantastic poem from Melissa Lozada-Oliva, featuring at her book release party at Icehouse in Minneapolis.

Make sure to check out Melissa’s new book, PELUDA, now available!

Send us your poems! The 2017 Button Poetry Chapbook Contest is now open for submissions. November 15th – January 5th, 2017-2018. Check out the full information and guidelines for the contest here!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Olivia Gatwood, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Aaron Coleman, Donte Collins, William Evans, our newest release from Rudy Francisco, and more!

Best of Button Week 139

“If I got paid for all my emotional labor, I’d hire an unassuming, relatively attractive white man to follow me around so every time you don’t believe me, he can just repeat what I said so then, like, you do believe me.”




Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s additions: Melissa Lozada-Oliva, RJ Walker, and Ry Irene. Congratulations poets!

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, Donte Collins, Sabrina Benaim, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, and our newest release from William Evans.

Melissa Lozada-Oliva – “If I Got Paid For All My Emotional Labor”

Performing at Olivia Gatwood’s Book Release Party.

“If I got paid for all my emotional labor, I’d hire an unassuming, relatively attractive white man to follow me around so every time you don’t believe me, he can just repeat what I said so then, like, you do believe me.”

Don’t miss this amazing poem from Melissa Lozada-Oliva, performing at Olivia Gatwood’s book release in St. Paul, MN.

Pick up a copy of Melissa’s book, peluda, now available for order!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Mahogany L. Browne, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Aaron Coleman, Donte Collins, Sabrina Benaim, our newest release from William Evans & more.

Best of Button Week 134

“I text myself, ‘I knew you would need me.’”



Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s additions: Olivia Gatwood, Andrea Gibson, Sam Sax, & Melissa Lozada-Oliva. Congratulations poets!

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, Donte Collins, Sabrina Benaim, and our newest release from Melissa Lozada-Oliva.

Melissa Lozada-Oliva – “AKA Ladies Night”

Performing at Olivia Gatwood’s Book Release.

“I text myself, ‘I’ve been here the whole time, just in case.’”

Don’t miss this amazing poem from Melissa Lozada-Oliva, performing at Olivia Gatwood’s book release.

The wait is over! Melissa Lozada-Oliva’s, peluda, is officially released and now available to order!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Mahogany L. Browne, Olivia Gatwood, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Aaron Coleman, Donte Collins, Sabrina Benaim, & more.

Melissa Lozada-Oliva – “Yosra Strings Off My Mustache”

Performing at Olivia Gatwood’s book release in St. Paul.

“my mustache looks like a stock ticker for money i will never have or subtitles to a foreign movie with an actress i will never look like”

Don’t miss this spectacular poem from Melissa Lozada-Oliva, performing at Olivia Gatwood’s book release in St. Paul.

Check out Melissa’s incredible book, Peluda, now available for pre-order!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out all our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Danez Smith, Olivia Gatwood, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Donte Collins, our newest release from Sabrina Benaim & more.

Melissa Lozada-Oliva & Jonathan Mendoza – “Date My Mom!” (100K Views!)

“My mom does not need to make space for you, but if you’re cool enough, maybe she will. Can you handle her cool?”

Congratulations to Melissa and Jonathan on topping 100,000 views on this great poem. Check out more videos from Melissa Lozada-Oliva & Jonathan Mendoza here and here.

Watch out for Melissa’s forthcoming book from Button Poetry, Peluda, pre-order your copy today!



And while you’re here, make sure to check out our other books and merch as well, including our awesome t-shirts and poster and books by Jacqui Germain, Hanif Abdurraqib, Olivia Gatwood, Donte Collins, and our newest release from Sabrina Benaim!

Melissa Lozada-Oliva – “Bitches” (250K Views!)

“The women in my family are bitches. Cranky bitches, stuck-up bitches, customer-service-turned-sour bitches.”

Congratulations to Melissa on topping 250,000 views on this magnificent poem. Pre-order your copy of Melissa’s book, Peluda, coming soon from Button Poetry.



And while you’re here, make sure to check out our other books and merch as well, including our awesome t-shirts and poster and books by Jacqui Germain, Hanif Abdurraqib, Olivia Gatwood, and Aaron Coleman!

Melissa Lozada-Oliva – “My Spanish” (100K Views!)

“If you ask me if I am fluent in Spanish, I will tell you that my Spanish is an itchy phantom limb; it is reaching for words and only finding air.”

Congratulations to Melissa on topping 100,000 views on this powerful poem. Check out more from Melissa here and here, and keep an eye out for her forthcoming book from Button Poetry!



And while you’re here, make sure to check out our other books and merch as well, including our awesome t-shirts and poster and new books by Jacqui Germain, Hanif Abdurraqib, and Aaron Coleman!