Danusha Laméris and Dion O’Reilly interview Santa Cruz poet William Ward Butler – Hive Poetry Collective
Danusha Laméris and Dion O’Reilly interview Santa Cruz poet William Ward Butler, aka Billy Butler. We hear some of his poems and talk high school poetry slams, falling trees, Frank O’Hara and more.

Snaps and Slams — City on a Hill Press
The energy of KPP is kinetic and contagious. Both Moskow and fellow organizer Billy Butler dedicate much of their time to the organization. They reach out to Student Organization Advising and Resources (SOAR) for guidance and other on-campus funding bodies for financial support. On the night of the slam, students passed around a bicycle helmet to collect donations. KPP encourages students to pitch in, even if it's the loose change in their pockets.

Behind the Scenes of the Kinetic Poetics Project Festival — City on a Hill Press
Billy Butler, a third-year at UCSC, has also grown as a performer and organizer alongside [Jacqueline] Grohs. Butler’s experience with KPP, however, predates his time at UCSC.

Kinetic Poetics Project Vibrant on Campus — Banana Slug News
Alec Brooks heads to Cowell Fireside lounge to check out a Kinetic open mic.

Tam Poet Channels Marvin Gaye, Heads to DC — Patch
Billy Butler is set to perform at the Kennedy Center this week as part of the What’s Going On Now project,
a tribute to the 40th anniversary of legendary soul singer’s performance of his acclaimed album.

John Legend, Sharon Jones Pay Tribute to Marvin Gaye — DCist.com
An unexpected highlight was the spoken word that was peppered throughout the evening… it was the teenagers from the What’s Going On… NOW Media + Arts Youth Summit that truly shined. Their words on complex issues like environmental degradation, race relations and poverty were insightful, inspiring and nuanced, unlike the rhetoric we often hear in this government town. Perhaps if Congress took heed and listened to kids like these, What’s Going On’s unfortunate and ongoing relevance would cease.

First Friday Slam Poetry competition a big hit at Mill Valley Library — Marin Independent Journal
Seventeen-year-old Billy Butler, who recently founded a slam poetry club at Tam High, had the crowd laughing and whooping when he recited the lines, “Poet is a nicer word for nerd,” and, “I’m awkward, like a missed fist pump.”