• Turf Club (map)
  • 1601 University Avenue
  • Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104
  • United States

Tickets → bit.ly/buttonatturf

Come kick off 2019 with Button Poetry at our first-ever show at the Turf Club! Featuring sets from Bernard Ferguson, Neil Hilborn, and Lydia Liza


About the artists: 

Bernard is a Bahamian poet living in New York pursuing his MFA at New York University, where he is a Writers in the Schools fellow. He is a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee and has had work published in numerous journals and anthologies, including the Best New Poets 2017 anthology. Unfortunately, his most pressing goal is to convince you that fall is a god-awful season. He wants you to, instead, consider spring and the green buds growing on the trees of Minnesota. He wants you to consider the tapestry coming back to life.

Lydia Liza eats red flags for breakfast. Not a lot of artists can wear the “teenage musical prodigy” hat and go on to find success as an adult. Not a lot of artists can write a smash novelty holiday song and go on to transcend the “viral sensation” label. But Lydia Liza taught herself guitar at 14, and has always been in this for the long haul. Lydia’s work ethic, not to mention her sharp, forward-thinking songwriting skills, has paid off. She’s shared the stage with artists like The Goo Goo Dolls, Kimya Dawson, Atmosphere, Dessa, Dead Man Winter, Chastity Brown, and many others, and is currently working on two projects: a full-length collaboration with producer Big Cats, and a new band and full-length under Your Friend, Lydia Liza (featuring Jessica Anderson of Enemy Planes, Jimmy Osterholt of Savage Moods, Jillian Rae and Gospel Machine, and Kelly Blau of Rachel Hanson).

Neil Hilborn is a College National Poetry Slam champion, and a 2011 graduate with honors from Macalester College with a degree in Creative Writing. His debut full-length book, Our Numbered Days, is now available, as well as his chapbook, Clatter. Neil was a member of the 2011 Macalester Poetry Slam team, which ranked first in the nation at the 2011 College National Poetry Slam. He co-coached the 2012 Macalester team, leading them to a second place finish nationally. Hilborn was also a member of the Minneapolis adult National Poetry Slam team in 2011, which placed 5th out of 80 teams from cities across the country at the adult National Poetry Slam. He is the co-founder of Thistle, a Macalester literary magazine, and has run numerous writing workshops with college and high school students. His work has been featured in publications such as Borderline Magazine and Orange Quarterly.