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Wet Cement Press is exicted to announce the Fall 2025 publication of Okaerinasai by Tony Koji Wallin-Sato. Zen infused poetry reflecting on the author’s personal experience with incarceration and his encounters with others in the carceral state. “Hard to put this book down, it zips along through places, times, in jails and out, sitting in zendos, walking on trails, riding the rails, stalking the streets. Through strings of haiku, quotations from Dogen, and dead-on descriptions in prose and verse reminiscent of Kerouac and Bukowski, Tony Koji Wallin-Sato's Okaerinasai weaves a matter-of-fact vision of open-eyed survival in a brutally crazy world." —Norman Fischer, author of Men in Suits: A Poem



Tony Koji Wallin-Sato is a Japanese American who works with formerly and currently incarcerated students at Cal State Long Beach Project Rebound. He is also a lecturer in the Critical Race Gender and Sexuality Studies department at Cal Poly Humboldt and facilitates programming in youth and adult facilities. His chapbook, Hyouhakusha: Desolate Travels of a Junkie on the Road, was published through Cold River Press and his first book of poems, Bamboo on the Tracks: Sakura Snow and Colt Peacemaker (Finishing Line Press) was selected by John Yau for the 2022 Robert Creeley Memorial Award. Okaerinasai is his second book of poems. All he wants is to see his community’s thoughts, ideas and emotions freely shared and expressed.


Not yet available for pre-order.
  • Paperback / 116 pages / 6.5" x 6.5"

    ISBN: 979-8-9883840-7-6

    Distributed by Ingram

    Pub Date: 10/15/2025

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