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ALBERT B. CASUGA, a Philippine-born writer, lives in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, where he continues to write poetry, fiction, and criticism after his retirement from teaching and serving as an elected member of his region's school board. He was nominated to the Mississauga Arts Council Literary Awards in 2007. A graduate of the Royal and Pontifical University of St. Thomas (now University of Santo Tomas, Manila. Literature and English, magna cum laude), he taught English and Literature (Criticism, Theory, and Creative Writing) at the Philippines' De La Salle University and San Beda College. He has authored books of poetry, short stories, literary theory and criticism. He has won awards for his works in Canada, the U.S.A., and the Philippines. His latest work, A Theory of Echoes and Other Poems was published February 2009 by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House. His fiction and poetry were published by online literary journals Asia Writes and Coastal Poems recently. He was a Fellow at the 1972 Silliman University Writers Workshop, Philippines. As a journalist, he worked with the United Press International and wrote an art column for the defunct Philippines Herald.

Friday, February 20, 2009

A Theory of Echoes

My collection of poems, Theory of Echoes and Other Poem, will finally be launched February 24 at the University of Santo Tomas as part of the 400 books the UST Publishing House is currently publishing to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the venerable university in the Philippines (by 2011). It was a collection which would have been the other half of a fiction/poetry collaboration between Philippine-born Australian novelist Cesar Leyco Aguila and me. It was solicited by University of the Philippines' Prof. Jose Wendell Capili when he was in Australia doing his postgraduate studies. The UST Publishing decided to publish the tandem separately. Through the intervention of Dr. Ophelia Dimalanta, my collection (a decidedly thinner volume) got off the press ahead. Cesar's (former UPI, Philippines Free Press, Philippines Herald staffer, and information attache for the defunct Deparment of Public Information and UST Varsitarian Literary Editor etc.) "The Big River and Other Stories" should make it as part of the 400 before the anniversary date.

This grand project of the University is unrivalled in the whole academic world! The great Universities in Europe, America, or Asia have not done what UST is doing.

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