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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.

Thursday, February 4, 2010



Posted here for a wider circulation, A Theory of Echoes and Other Poems was published by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, Manila, Philippines, in February 2009 as part of the 400 books written by university alumni to commemorate the university's 400th anniversary. University of Santo Tomas is one of the world's oldest universities (established in 1611) and was at one time under the aegis of the Papacy as Royal and Pontifical University of Saint Thomas. It is now run fully by Filipino Dominican friars for more than 50,000 scholars from the country and internationally.The collection of poems by Albert B. Casuga was to have been the other half of a volume featuring the short stories of Cesar Leyco Aguila and Casuga's poetry. The publishing house decided to publish it separately, and is Casuga's eighth collection of poems. Aguila is a Philippines-born Australian writer who came out recently with a novel, Between Two Worlds, and lives in New South Wales.

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The author acknowledges the assistance of Dr. Ophelia Alcantara-Dimalanta, UST Writer in Residence, in the publication of this collection. Dr. Alcantara introduced Casuga's first collection of poems, Narra Poems and Others (San Beda College, Philippines, Publications), in 1968.

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