Tony Curtis


Tony Curtis was born in Carmarthen in west Wales in 1946. He studied at Swansea University and Goddard College, Vermont, and is the author of several collections of poetry, including War Voices (1995); The Arches (1998); Heaven's Gate (2001) and Crossing Over (2007).


He has also written books of criticism, including How Poets Work (1996) and Welsh Painters Talking (1997), The Art of Seamus Heaney (1982) and Dannie Abse (1985). He is the editor of several books, including The Poetry of Pembrokeshire (1989); The Poetry of Snowdonia (1989); and Coal: an anthology of mining (1997).


In 2007, he edited the anthology, After the First Death, and published his latest collection of poetry, Crossing Over.


Tony Curtis is Emeritus Professor of Poetry at the University of Glamorgan where he established Creative Writing in the 1980s and directed the M.Phil In Writing for many years. In 2001 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was awarded a D. Litt in 2004.  He has toured extensively giving poetry readings and lectures and won the 1993 Dylan Thomas Award and a Cholmondeley Award in 1997. He lives in Barry, Wales.

Photograph by Jemimah Kuhfeld.

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My Life with Dylan Thomas
Written by Tony Curtis   
Friday, 30 August 2013 15:37

Tony Curtis was born in Carmarthen in 1946 and so for seven years shared that town with Dylan Thomas, his family and friends, for whom it was the main railway station and watering-hole on their way from Laugharne to the rest of the world. Wales’s first Professor of Poetry describes being taught, as an undergraduate, by Vernon Watkins at Swansea University in 1967 and he goes on to trace Dylan’s influence on his own writing and the experiences of other writers and artists, including Dannie Abse, Jonah Jones, John Pudney, John Ormond, Glyn Jones, Aeronwy Thomas and Ceri Richards. Tony Curtis has published over thirty books, including eight collections of poetry and has won the Western Mail’s Dylan Thomas Prize and the Dylan Thomas Award for Spoken Poetry, judged by Dannie Abse and Dylan’s daughter Aeronwy.

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