Ollie Schminkey – “For Nikii” (100K Views!)

“To think that you were literally born into blood and pain and shit, and somehow, you grew up to be this beautiful.”

Congratulations to Ollie Schminkey on topping 100,000 views on this fantastic poem. Check out more videos from Ollie here and here.



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, Sabrina Benaim, and our newest release from Melissa Lozada-Oliva!

Ollie Schminkey – “How to Love Your Body in 10 Easy Steps” (250K Views!)

“Call it self-hate. Call it ‘I just need an alone day.’ Take an alone day every day.”

Congratulations to Ollie on topping 250,000 views on this powerful poem. Check out more from Ollie here and here.



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!

Ollie Schminkey – “Boobs” (500K Views!)

“My body is not wrong.
The way people talk about my body is wrong.
But my body is the only thing I can change.”

Congratulations to Ollie on topping 500,000 views on this fantastic poem. Help support Button Poetry so we can continue broadcasting all these artists!
Check out more of Ollie’s work here and here.
And while you’re here, make sure to check out our books and merch as well, including our awesome t-shirts and poster and new books by Jacqui Germain and Hanif Abdurraqib!

Ollie Schminkey – “Pubic Hair” (CUPSI 2016)

Performing at CUPSI 2016.

“The doctor named me woman before
I ever really even existed.”

Don’t miss this excellent poem from Ollie Schminkey, performing at the 2016 College Unions Poetry Slam Invtiational in Austin, TX.
While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including Button t-shirts in both female and unisex cuts, and books and more by many of your favorite Button artists.

Best of Button Week 71


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“The car of my body just won’t start, and I’m slamming on the dashboard waiting for some kind of spark.”
Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s additions: Ollie Schminkey & Sara Brickman. 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 and our JUST-RELEASED book from Jacqui Germain!

Writing Prompt #1

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Writing Prompt #1 (w/ Ollie Schminkey)

Hey Button fans! We know a lot of you are writers yourselves, and we’re excited to be launching a new series on this blog featuring writing prompts to help you with your own writing. If you’re comfortable, please share what you write in response to the prompt in the comments below this post!
Today’s prompt comes courtesy of Ollie Schminkey. You can check out some of Ollie’s work on the Button channel here, here and here. The prompt is as follows:

Write a love letter to someone who has betrayed you.
What have they given you? What have they taken?

Again, feel free to share whatever you write in response to the prompt in the comments below this post (you can use an anonymous name if you’d prefer, and your email address won’t be public). We look forward to seeing your work!

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Ollie Schminkey is a white, non-binary transgender poet/activist/ musician/artist. They facilitate, direct, and host many organizations, including the Macalester Poetry Slam, Well-Placed Commas (a weekly poetry workshop with Word Sprout, Inc.), and OUTspoken! (a queer open mic). They have also represented the Twin Cities in numerous national poetry competitions, and they are the author of one chapbook, The Taste of Iron. Publications that feature their work include Write Bloody and Andrea Gibson’s anthology, We Will Be Shelter, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, and 20% Theatre Co’s The Naked I. They have guest curated two shows, Rage, and STARE BACK, at the Fox Egg Gallery. You can find more of their work at http://ollieschminkey.weebly.com.

Ollie Schminkey – “Threesomes” (CUPSI 2016)

Performing at the 2016 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational

“The car of my body just won’t start, and I’m slamming on the dashboard waiting for some kind of spark, some kind of proof I didn’t just waste this.”
Don’t miss this excellent poem from Ollie Schminkey, performing for Macalester as part of the “Best of the Rest” during finals at the 2016 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.
While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including Button t-shirts (on sale for the start of summer!) in both female and unisex cuts, and books by many of your favorite Button artists.