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FORTHCOMING BOOK RELEASES (FALL 2017)

Echolalia in Script – a collection of asemic writing (Art, Orison Books)

“Here is writing that is entirely open to the world, a poetry that generously refuses to delimit the human experience or accept only what is known. While it may be defined as ‘asemic writing,’ such definition sterilizes what we have before us: a poetry that precedes language, a personally rhythmic grammar that plays among the tools of expression, and explores the outer boundaries of the rational as it searches for connection. In today’s literary climate, Echolalia in Script is refreshingly, breathtakingly transcendent.”


Michael Wiegers,
Executive Editor, Copper Canyon Press

“The first time I met Sam Roxas-Chua he invited me to view the nests he’d made of chewed poems. Perhaps a year later he told me that he swam in a vat of pulp to understand the life of paper. And one night he photographed wet Oregon pavement and through his lens transformed soaked sidewalks into Chinese silk panels. Everything Sam does is unscripted. Everything he does is exquisite. His collection of asemic writing, Echolalia in Script, is sublime.”

Sandra Alcosser, author of Except by Nature and Sleeping Inside the Glacier

“Sam Roxas-Chua’s gorgeous collection of asemic writings, Echolalia in Script, presents his gestural inscriptions as they move elegantly over the page as delicately as lyrical strands of light snaking and doubling across the surfaces of a wind-lit mountain lake. Indeed, here lies one whose imagination is writ on water . . . in all of its meditative beauty, deep soul-solace, and artistic resolve!”

David St. John, recipient of the Rome Fellowship and the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters

“In this elegant dance between language and image Sam Roxas-Chua at once intensifies and transcends the capacity of marks on the page to make meaning. With every line and brush stroke in this stunning volume Roxas-Chua reminds us of the sheer childlike joy of putting ink to paper, and underscores the power and universality of this primal human act. This is a book to behold and marvel at, not just to read.”

Valerie Laken, author of Separate Kingdom and Dream House

Saying Your Name Three Times Underwater (Poetry, Lithic Press)