Alfredo O. Cuenca, Jr. was born on April 2, 1937 in Tondo, Manila. His father, an army colonel, is from Negros, his mother from Ligao, Albay. He finished at Torres High and studied comparative literature and journalism at the Far Eastern University, University of the East, and Silliman University. He attended writing workshops in UP and UE. When his Selected Poems came out in 1961, he had only a year to go at FEU.
He worked as radio writer in the Philippine Broadcasting service before he transferred to the National Media Production Center. Later, he worked in the Department of Public Information. He wrote as a free-lance writer on music, jazz, and nightlife. He also wrote short stories, plays, and criticism. His play, “Operation Pacification,” won third prize in the 1970-71 Palanca.
His works have been collected into Selected Poems (1961), which won second prize in the 1970 Palanca, Age of Barbarians (1965), Ways to Become Christ and Other Poems (1973), and Second Selected Poems (1981).