Stevie Edwards – “The Rapists Seem Hurt by Being Called Their Names in Public”


Performing at her book release in Minneapolis.

“They thought we wouldn’t notice the slaughterhouse, the conveyor belt inching us closer, the bins of bones and cartilage separated out.”

Don’t miss this remarkable poem from Stevie Edwards, featuring at her book release party at Icehouse in Minneapolis.

Make sure to check out Stevie’s new book, SADNESS WORKSHOP, Winner of the 2016 Button Poetry Prize, 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, Sabrina Benaim, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, William Evans, Stevie Edwards, Claire Schwartz, & our newest release from Guante!

Stevie Edwards – “Sadness Workshop”


Performing at her book release in Minneapolis.

“This is important: you have to take the sadness for a walk twice a day but nothing too early. The sadness likes cracked sidewalks and large bodies of water. The sadness likes coffee shops and subway stops that are empty or crowded. The sadness likes extremes.”

Don’t miss this phenomenal poem from Stevie Edwards, featuring at her book release party at Icehouse in Minneapolis.

Congrats on your release day, Stevie! Make sure to check out Stevie’s new book, SADNESS WORKSHOP, Winner of the 2016 Button Poetry Prize, 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 release from Claire Schwartz!

2016 Chapbook Contest Winners!

2016 Chapbook Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of our 2016 chapbook contest, Claire Schwartz and Stevie Edwards! Claire’s manuscript Bound and Stevie’s manuscript Sadness Workshop will be forthcoming later this year on Button Poetry’s press. Congratulations as well to Ben Alfaro, who was selected as runner-up for his manuscript, Fantasma.

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Thanks to our finalist judges, Jeffrey McDaniel and Aziza Barnes, for selecting these manuscripts, as well as to everyone who submitted work to the contest!