The October Community Mic featured Hamish Todd, Dave Fewster, Cheryl Latif, Koon Woon, Pam Carter, Heidi Denkers, Gaylloyd, Jill Hardin and Paul Nelson plus our two featured readers below. Videos of them reading are available here.
Margaret Roncone was born in Rochester, New York. In May 2015 she moved to Vashon Island to ponder and better understand nature's beauty.
She's read her work for the Seattle City Council's Wordsworth Program and had poetry performed as part of the Pierce College 10-minute play festival; published in Chysanthemum, Barnwood Poetry Journal and on-line at Writergirrls, Poets Against War Journal and Rapoetics.
She curated a poetry group at Chief Seattle Club and currently hosts a community poetry reading on Vashon Island.
Sam Roxas-Chua 姚 (Yao) is a poet and multi-disciplinary artist from Eugene, Oregon. He has been described as a man who can seemingly take any kind of physical materials and transform them into art, his writings have been called tidal and full of magical realism. 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. Sam has received four Pushcart nominations and has been invited to read at local government events and for the Oregon State Legislature. In early 2017 he 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.