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Dave McAlinden - “If I Was Your God”

"See, if I was a therapist, you probably wouldn’t want to go to me. But I would listen. Like a best friend on Adderall."

Performing for Portland at the 2013 National Poetry Slam in Cambridge, MA.

Donney Rose - “House Fire”

"I’m the amazing wobbly man, cannonballing into everything I swore I’d never become."

Performing at the 2013 Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival.

Renee Schminkey - “Pine City”

"I wonder how long they will keep your profile up, how long they will comment on your old pictures, how long before you are no longer a commodity. You are not the first person from my high school to die."

Performing at the 2013 Great Plains Poetry Pile-Up. Renee took second in the tournament.

Khary Jackson - “Carolina”

"They stopped asking me why I howled in my sleep. They knew better than to call you a fever."

One of the all-time greatest slam poems out of the Twin Cities. Two-time NPS champion Khary Jackson, performing at the Great Plains Poetry Pile-Up.

Wesleyan University - “Twenty-Something” (CUPSI 2012)

"Crafts a convenient self-portrait. Hand picks every color. Measures every stroke. Does not even notice the paint on his hands."

A couple of times a week, we’ll be posting some of the older and less seen videos from the Button YouTube, from before we really had a following. This is Team Wesleyan from 2012 College Nationals, performing an awesome group piece. They won Best Writing by a Team that year, and it’s pretty clear why.

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Karly Fesolowich - “A Letter to Alexander Graham Bell from His Deaf Wife, Mabel”

"Saying the words ‘I do’ without ever hearing them is like carrying a stranger’s child."

A couple of times a week, we’ll be posting some of the older and less seen videos on the Button YouTube, from before we really had a following. This is the first video we ever posted, from CUPSI 2012, and it remains one of our favorite poems on the channel. 

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Tova Charles - “Dark Skin” (TGS 2013)

"She feels like her skin is blackface in reverse. Like how can you cover up ignorance when it’s your own kind that put it there in the first place?"

Performing on finals stage at the 2013 Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival.

Danez Smith - “Genesissy”

"And that’s the story of the first snap; the hand’s humble attempt at thunder; a small sky troubled by attitude."

Performing at the 2013 season opener Soap Boxing Poetry Slam on September 9th.

Our LAST chapbook finalist is NATE MARSHALL, for his manuscript, …and Circumstance.

Check out and share a poem from his manuscript (first published in Guild Complex), above!

Nate Marshall is from the South Side of Chicago. He is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at The University of Michigan and received his BA at Vanderbilt University. He was the star of the award winning full-length documentary “Louder Than A Bomb” and has been featured on HBO’s “Brave New Voices.” His work has appeared in Muzzle Magazine, Vinyl Poetry, Learn Then Burn, The Spoken Word Revolution: Redux, on Chicago Public Radio and in many other publications. He is also an Assistant Poetry Editor for Muzzle. Nate was named a semi-finalist for the 2013 “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Contest. He was also a 2013 finalist for the Indiana Review Poetry Prize. Nate has been a teaching artist with organizations such as Young Chicago Authors, InsideOut Detroit, and Southern Word. He is also a rapper. 

Last day of finalists! Our ninth finalist is JENN MONROE, for her manuscript, In Anticipation of Grief.

Check out (and share!) a poem from her manuscript (first published in Radius Lit) above.

Jenn Monroe is the author of Something More Like Love (Finishing Line Press, 2012), and her poems have appeared in a number of literary magazines, both in print and online. She is executive producer for the online literary blog Extract(s): Daily Dose of Lit and executive editor for Eastern Point Press.