Ollie Schminkey – “A Dare”

Performed at the Button studio

“I don’t care about boys anymore, but I do sometimes feel like a dare.”

Don’t miss this stunning poem from Ollie Schminkey, performed at the Button studio.

Get Ollie’s stunning book, Dead Dad Jokes.

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While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Rudy Francisco, Rachel Wiley, Dave Harris, Porsha Olayiwola, Ebony Stewart, Andrea Gibson, and our newest release from Topaz Winters!

Ollie Schminkey – “Everyone Tells Me That My Dad Will Always Be Watching Over Me”

Performed at the Button studio

“Everyone tells me that my dad will always be watching over me and I’m like, ‘Shut up I’m just trying to masturbate.’”

Don’t miss this great poem from Ollie Schminkey, performed at the Button studio.

Get Ollie’s stunning book, Dead Dad Jokes.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Rudy Francisco, Neil Hilborn, Dave Harris, Porsha Olayiwola, Blythe Baird, Andrea Gibson, and our newest release from Topaz Winters!

Ollie Schminkey – “A Hand Becomes”

Performed at the Button studio

“My dad doesn’t have a grave except the one inside my lungs. I visit the cemetery anyway.”

Don’t miss this powerful poem from Ollie Schminkey, performed at the Button studio.

Get Ollie’s stunning book, Dead Dad Jokes.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Rudy Francisco, Neil Hilborn, Dave Harris, Porsha Olayiwola, Blythe Baird, Andrea Gibson, and our newest release from Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre!

Ollie Schminkey – “If the Cells that Make Up Hair are Already Dead”

Performing at Park Square Theatre

“If the cells that make up hair are already dead, do they die again when the rest of the body does?”

Don’t miss this incredible poem from Ollie Schminkey, performing at Park Square Theatre in Saint Paul, MN.

Ollie’s incredible book, DEAD DAD JOKES, is now available!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Sabrina Benaim, Rachel Wiley, Javon Johnson, Blythe Baird, Raych Jackson, and our newest release from Ebony Stewart!

Best of Button Week 356

“Being angry at dying people is never fair. They need you. You’re the one that’s still alive.”

Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s addition: Ollie Schminkey! Congrats Poet!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Ollie Schminkey, Andrea Gibson, Neil Hilborn, Porsha Olayiwola, L.E. Bowman, Javon Johnson, Omar Holmon, and our newest release from Rachel Wiley!

Ollie Schminkey – “Gay Love is the Only Thing Saving Me”

Performing at the Button studio

“Being angry at dying people is never fair. They need you. You’re the one that’s still alive.”

Don’t miss this powerful poem from Ollie Schminkey, performing at the Button studio.

Ollie’s incredible book, DEAD DAD JOKES, is now available!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Sabrina Benaim, Neil Hilborn, Michael Lee, Blythe Baird, Raych Jackson, and our newest releases from Andrea Gibson & Rachel Wiley!

Best of Button Week 353

“I guess that I’m always saying the wrong thing. I try to say ‘thank you for loving me,’ but instead I say ‘I’m sorry I’m so hard to love.’”

Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s addition: Ollie Schminkey! Congrats Poet!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Ollie Schminkey, Rachel Wiley, Neil Hilborn, Porsha Olayiwola, William Evans, Blythe Baird, Kevin Kantor, and our newest release from Andrea Gibson!

Ollie Schminkey – “Reese’s Penis Butter Cups”

Performing at Icehouse

“I guess that I’m always saying the wrong thing. I try to say ‘thank you for loving me,’ but instead I say ‘I’m sorry I’m so hard to love.’”

Don’t miss this great poem from Ollie Schminkey, performing at Icehouse in Minneapolis, MN

Ollie’s incredible book, DEAD DAD JOKES, is now available!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Rachel Wiley, Neil Hilborn, Javon Johnson, Michael Lee, Blythe Baird, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, and our newest release from Andrea Gibson!

Ollie Schminkey – “A Poem in which the Word ‘Nap’ is Replaced by the Word ‘Grief’”

Performing at the Button studio

“I let my mother sleep. She needs this grief more than I do, because she lives with him and all the death that crawls on him like fleas.”

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

Ollie’s amazing book, DEAD DAD JOKES, is now available!

Check out the 2021 Button Poetry Chapbook Contest! Open NOW – January 10, 2022. More info and full guidelines here!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Sabrina Benaim, Neil Hilborn, Dave Harris, Michael Lee, Blythe Baird, Raych Jackson, and our newest release from Andrea Gibson!

Ollie Schminkey – “Deer Season”

Performing at Icehouse

“It weighed more in death than it did while it was alive.”

Don’t miss this powerful poem from Ollie Schminkey, performing at Icehouse in Minneapolis, MN.

Ollie’s amazing book, DEAD DAD JOKES, is now available!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Sabrina Benaim, Neil Hilborn, Michael Lee, Blythe Baird, Raych Jackson, Azura Tyabji & Jackson Neal, and our newest release from Patrick Roche!