Photo by Diana Crawford

Sam Roxas-Chua 姚 (Yao) is a poet and visual artist from Eugene, Oregon. His writings have been called tidal and full of magical realism. Tyehimba Jess says, surreal yet rooted in palpable color and history, this poet’s vision transcends oceans, blends geographies and bleeds a multi-tongued heritage for us to better find ourselves. We need more maps like this in the world, and cartographers of language like him. Poet Dorianne Laux says, Like Jack Gilbert before him, Roxas-Chua reaches beyond the imagery and emotions we expect—creating his own universe, logic, and definitions of the beautiful.

His publications include Fawn Language (Tebot Bach, 2013), Saying Your Name Three Times Underwater (Lithic Press, 2017), and Echolalia In Script – A Collection of Asemic Writing (Orison Books, 2017). His poems and visual art folios have appeared in various journals including Narrative, december Magazine, Cream City Review, and basalt Magazine; his collection of poems, Diary of Collected Summers, won the first place award in the 7th Annual Missouri Review Audio Competition in poetry and has appeared in a live broadcast of Dear Sugar Radio at the Aladdin Theater in support of #writeourdemocracy/ #writersresist. He is the owner of The Poetry Loft, a small business dedicated to community writing workshops. He holds an MFA from Pacific University.