Welcome to the support page for the Poetry as a Second Language Workshop. Poetry as a Second Language is a metaphor for the inner voice that pulls one to create. It is an invitation to treat oneself to an experience of a lifetime. The workshop is presented by Sam Roderick Roxas-Chua & Rebecca Childers.

Sam Roderick Roxas-Chua

Sam Roxas-Chua is the author of Fawn Language, published by Tebot Bach (2014). His poems have appeared in various journals including Jefferson Monthly, Verseweavers, The Inflectionist Review, Mixer, Concord, Paw Print, and Open2Interpretation. Most recently, he received an Honorable Mention for his poem A Beast in the Chapel for the 2nd Annual Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize in december Magazine.

He has read for diverse audiences such as the 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. His collection of poems, Diary of Collected Summers won the 7th Annual Missouri Review Audio competition in poetry. He is a Pushcart Award nominee.

Sam works as an Adjunct Instructor of Writing at Pacific University’s College of Education and Master of Social Work program. He is the owner of The Poetry Loft and is publisher of The Quietry – A Poetry Review.

He is a Master of Fine Arts candidate in Creative Writing at Pacific University. Sam calls Eugene, Oregon his home.

Rebecca Childers

Rebecca is an artist and writer who makes books at her letterpress studio in Eugene. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Iowa and teaches book arts in the Art Department at the University of Oregon.

You Reading This, Be Ready
by William Stafford

Starting here, what do you want to remember?
How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?
What scent of old wood hovers, what softened
sound from outside fills the air?

Will you ever bring a better gift for the world
than the breathing respect that you carry
wherever you go right now? Are you waiting
for time to show you some better thoughts?

When you turn around, starting here, lift this
new glimpse that you found; carry into evening
all that you want from this day. This interval you spent
reading or hearing this, keep it for life –

What can anyone give you greater than now,
starting here, right in this room, when you turn around?

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