Lithic Press is thrilled to announce we will be publishing Sam Roxas-Chua’s collection of poems, Saying Your Name Three Times Underwater, this fall!

Here is the first line of collection’s title poem:

“Pain & the seahorse, its babies transferred from a blossom of coral-filly to soft male stallions that push small tides through their chests, small quakes of horses—I want to sing in that chorus.”

Happy New Year everyone. May you find deep contentment and be
happy for no reason in the New Year. May we all be the change
the world needs.

Strange is our situation here upon Earth,
Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why,
Yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose,
From the standpoint of daily life, however,
There is one thing we do know:
That we are here for the sake of each other,
Above all, for those upon whose smile and well-being
Our own happiness depends.
And also for the countless unknown souls
With whose fate we are connected
By a bond of sympathy.

~ Albert Einstein

Portland, Oregon »»» Mark your calendars!

Join Us For Dear Sugar Radio LIVE! The Sugars are coming to the Aladdin Theater in Portland, Oregon, on January 15th, 2017, for Dear Sugar Radio: The Writers Resist, Portland Edition.

Writers Resist is a multi-city event organized by writers and activists across the nation seeking to “re-inaugurate” a shared commitment to the spirit of compassion, equality, free speech and the fundamental ideals of democracy.

The Sugars will be joined by some of their favorite Portland-based writers, including Samiya Bashir, Wendy Chin-Tanner, Rene Denfeld, Zahir Janmohamed, Cooper Lee Bombardier, Cari Luna, Sam Roxas-Chua and Lidia Yuknavitch. They’ll also be taking your questions about how to move forward as a nation during this time of tremendous division and uncertainty.

Plus, music from Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, Wonderly and Angela Freeman.

We hope to see you there!<

Purchase tickets here:

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Happy News! I’m thrilled to announce that Orison Books in North Carolina will be publishing an all asemic writing/art book in late 2017. It’s an honor to have my work be featured by a book publisher that supports poetry and visual arts.

Image: “Medicine” · 30 ft. scroll

I couldn’t see the silver lining so I worked with silver ink to make sense of the elections tonight. Here is a nest, a temporary sanctuary for days to come—loud days of gun shots in the hills, wahoos and their newly sharpened heads. Impermanence is the real lesson to learn here and it’s an honor to fall and get up again with all of you.


Star by Derek Walcott

If, in the light of things, you fade
real, yet wanly withdrawn
to our determined and appropriate
distance, like the moon left on
all night among the leaves, may
you invisibly delight this house;
O star, doubly compassionate,
who came too soon for twilight,
too late for dawn,
may your pale flame
direct the worst in us
through chaos
with the passion
of plain day.

Only because I’m a ham and I had a dream last night that I read to an empty room at the Lan Su Chinese Garden. There’s something haunting and beautiful about that place and I’m super excited to read there because it reminds me of my grandmother’s garden back in the Philippines.

So here’s a poem I will read tomorrow called You and Many. Come see this unhip poet read his works will you? There’s also a question and answer period so I’ll reveal some secrets. xo

Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 8 PM.

I’m part of a collaborative performance piece with my good friend and artist Mika Aono called A Collection of Eyelashes on Paper to be performed at the [sub]Urban Projections – Digital Art & Media Festival in Eugene, Oregon. Plan to arrive early and thank you for your support!

Join us as the Hult Center transforms into a multi-story, multi-sensory, multi-disciplinary experience. (sub)Urban Projections: Ritual intersects dancers, performers, musicians and visual artists with developers and dreamers to push boundaries and discover new worlds of possibilities. Share space with the artists as they explore our rituals through creativity.

Produced by the City of Eugene Cultural Services in collaboration with Harmonic Laboratory and Eugene’s finest technology leaders.

Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet. –Ralph Waldo Emerson


A collection of published poems.
4″ x 7″ booklet | $7.00

Order it here.