Sam Roderick Roxas-Chua

SRC2014FL-12 Sam Roderick Roxas-Chua grew up in Glendale, California. He has read for diverse audiences such as Oregon Poetry Association, Windfall Reading Series, Tsunami Books, and Stonehenge Studio Reading Series; and was recently invited to open a session of the Oregon State Legislature.

He is published by The Jefferson Monthly, The Inflectionist Review, Word Laboratories, Mixer, Concord, and Paw Print. In June 2014 he won the First Place award forThe Missouri Review‘s 7th Annual Audio Competition in Poetry. He is a member of Red Sofa Poetry Critique Group and Centrum’s Madrona Writers Group in Port Townsend, WA. Sam works at The Poetry Loft and is the editor of The Quietry – A Semi-Annual Poetry Review. He is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at Pacific University. Sam calls Eugene, Oregon his home.

Featured Article

Combustus – Arts & Literary Magazine –  Sam Roxas-Chua, Eugene, Oregon: “Poetry is a Raft” Read the article here.


These are poems whose yearning for the beloved’s body take them beyond the body.  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. “When a poem / can’t save you,/ you must drink / all of the winter / wine you’ve saved / in the basement, / and wait/ and wait / and wait…”. This is a striking book of poetry that, while unable to save the beloved, makes several brave attempts at rescue anyway. Dorianne Laux, Raleigh, NC

“Song is unrest”— Hazel Hall’s observation fits these lyrics of Sam Roderick Roxas-Chua. For unrest is both the motive for song and the tension within the finished poem. This poet explores identity as child, grown man, and citizen. His lyrics hold out to us disruption and discovery, balance and beauty.

Erik Muller, Editor and Publisher of Traprock Books

A consistent, tender and insightful voice.
Toni Hanner, Author of The Ravelling Braid and Gertrude

Selected audio poems from Fawn Language


Other Poems

Other Poems

Current Projects




Sam's Blog | Just Another You

KBOO | Talking Earth w/ Barbara LaMorticella Mixer Publishing | Poem Oregon Poetic Voices | Poem & Bio PoetsWest | #232 Matters of Life Poets West | #215 Mapping Your Route


Oregon Poetry Association | Summer 2013 4th Place Winner “Poet’s Choice Award”

Reviews, Articles, Mentions

The Friday Influence | Oregon: Farewell (for now) my new friends Lotus of Wadi Arts | Sam Roderick Roxas-Chua & John Sibley Williams Motionless From The Iron Bridge | Anthology of Bridge Poems Poetry as A Second Language | Workshop

2012 - Early 2013 Readings

Windfall Reading Series | January 2013 Oregon Poerty Association Eugene/Springfield Chapter |Poetry Reading Event

News – Fawn Language is now available!

***Purchase Fawn Language***

THE POETRY LOFT (LOCAL SALES) 1283 Lincoln St. Suite 2 Eugene, Oregon 97401 or Email SCHEDULED READINGS April Sunday | April 14, 2014 @ Stonehenge Gallery in Portland, OR – With Coleman Stevenson, John Sibley Williams, and A. Molotkov Friday | May 30, 2014 @ Ford Food & Music in Portland, OR Soundings Reading Series | Reading with Amy Temple Harper, Emily Newberry, and Jeff Whitney.——————————————–

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