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!

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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!

  • Dead Dad Jokes

    $16.00
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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!

Ollie Schminkey – “Dead Dad Jokes”

Performed by Ollie Schminkey

“I think the sequel to the dad joke is the dead dad joke.”

Don’t miss this awesome poem from Ollie Schminkey. Order your copy of Ollie’s debut book, DEAD DAD JOKES.

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Ollie Schminkey – “Confession (After Lilith Latini)”

Performing at Honey in Minneapolis, MN

“The priest starts coughing like he swallowed a bug, or else been surprised by the fact that the devil truly is a fourteen-year-old emo with too much makeup.”

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

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

  • Dead Dad Jokes

    $16.00
    Add to cart

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 Akosua Zimba Afiriyie-Hwedie!

Ollie Schminkey – “Ode to my Vagina”

Performing at Icehouse

“Trans people aren’t supposed to love their bodies, right? We’re supposed to be the same tragic story.”

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

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

  • Dead Dad Jokes

    $16.00
    Add to cart

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, & our newest releases from Kevin Kantor, Jackson Neal & Azura Tyabji!

Best of Button Week 321

“For this moment, she feels like my mother and not just a person who is watching the same man die.”

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 Rudy Francisco, Sabrina Benaim, Neil Hilborn, Phil Kaye, Andrea Gibson, Blythe Baird, & our newest releases from Kevin Kantor and Ollie Schminkey!

Ollie Schminkey – “To the Woman with the Jesus Necklace…” (Button Live)


Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“I love myself enough to make this body a place I want to live in.”

Don’t miss this fantastic poem from Ollie Schminkey, performing at Button Poetry Live.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Olivia Gatwood, Sabrina Benaim, Rachel Wiley, Neil Hilborn, Phil Kaye, & our newest release from Andrea Gibson!

Ollie Schminkey – “Experiences (Sexual)”


Performing at Honey.

“Ashley: I was her first kiss, but like it wasn’t gay. Okay, except now I actually am gay so maybe it was a little gay.”

Don’t miss this candid poem from Ollie Schminkey, performing at Honey in Minneapolis.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, Hanif Abdurraqib, Donte Collins, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Rachel Wiley, Neil Hilborn, & our newest release from Phil Kaye!

Ollie Schminkey – “Threesomes” (100K Views!)

“Threesomes are great! By which I mean the idea of a threesome is great.”

Congratulations to Ollie Schminkey on topping 100,000 views on this incredible poem!



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