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 -see the link above); Heaven’s Gate (2001) and Crossing Over (2007).
In 2016 Seren published his From the Fortunate Isles: Poems New and Selected and in 2017 Cinnamon published his selected stories Some Kind of Immortality.
He has also written books of criticism, including The Art of Seamus Heaney (1982), Dannie Abse (writers of Wales Series,1985, How Poets Work (1996),Welsh Painters Talking (1997), Welsh Artists Talking (2001), )and Wales at War: Essays in Literature and Art (2007). He is the editor of several books, including The Poetry of Pembrokeshire (1989); The Poetry of Snowdonia (1989); Coal: an anthology of Mining (1997) and Tokens for the Foundlings (2014).
Tony Curtis is Emeritus Professor of Poetry at the University of South Wales where he established Creative Writing in the 1980s and directed the M.Phil In Writing for many years. He won an Eric Gregory Award in 1972 and the National Poetry Prize in 1984. 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.
In 2023, his first novel, Darkness in the City of Light was published to positive critical responses and was short-listed for the Society of Authors Paul Torday Memorial Prize.