Gilbert Luis R. Centina III is a prize-winning Asian American Catholic author. He has written six poetry collections, two novels and a literary criticism. He holds an M.A. in comparative literature and a licentiate in sacred theology. He has worked as a professorial lecturer, editor and newspaper columnist and as a missionary in Peru. From the Asian Catholic Publishers and the Archdiocese of Manila under Jaime Cardinal Sin, he received the Catholic Authors Award in 1996. A well-traveled writer, he has visited many places in Europe and in Asia, including Tibet. As an Augustinian friar, he has worked and lived in North and South America as well as in Spain.