Prof Tony Curtis known as Emeritus Professor since 2004
BA (Hons), D.Litt, PGCE, MFA, FRSL
Introduced the subject Creative Writing to this campus some twenty years ago and until recently led the subject area. He was the Scheme Leader of the M.Phil in Writing degree, formerly the MA in Writing. Masters students have gone on to publish some thirty books of fiction and poetry.
Tony Curtis was born in Carmarthen in west Wales and read English at Swansea University. He later did the MFA degree at Goddard College, Vermont, the only UK writer to graduate from that legendary course.
He has published over thirty books of poetry, criticism and cultural commentary. Seren Books are the publishers unless otherwise stated – www.seren-books.com.
He has given poetry readings or lectures in the USA, Canada, France, Belgium, Spain, Yugoslavia, the Czech Republic, The Republic of Slovakia, Italy, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Eire and throughout the UK.
The Eric Gregory Award for Poetry, 1972
The Welsh Arts Council Young Writers Prize, 1974
The National Poetry Prize, 1984
The Dylan Thomas award, 1993
The Cholmondeley Award, 1997
Professor of Poetry at the University since 1993.
In 2000 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
Taught for 42 years, all but five of those in higher education and on the Treforest campus from 1979.
The Arches Web Site
Crossing Over (Seren 2007)
Heaven’s Gate 2001
The Arches 1998 – poems in response to the collages of John Digby
War Voices 1995
Taken for Pearls 1994
The Last Candles 1989
The Art of Seamus Heaney ed. 2001 & three earlier editions
How Poets Work ed. 1996
How To Study Modern Poetry <1989 & 1996 Macmillan
Dannie Abse Writers of Wales series, 1984, University of Wales Press.
Welsh Artists Talking 2000
Welsh Painters Talking 1997
Wales – The Imagined Nation ed. 1986
Anthologies edited include:
After the First Death: An anthology of Wales and war in the c20th
Wales At War: Essays on Literature and Art
Wading Through Deep Water, < Parkinson’s Disease charity anthology, Coychurch, 2001
Coal : an anthology of mining 1997
Love from Wales (with Sian James) 1991 & 1995
The Poetry Of Snowdonia 1989
The Poetry of Pembrokeshire 1989
Related Twilights by Josef Herman, edited by Tony Curtis, 2002
Alcemi Dwr/Alchemy of Water with the Welsh poet Grahame Davies Gomer Press, 2013
My Life with Dylan Thomas – a memoir. Mulfran Books, 2014
Books in translation:
Dal Confine Selected Poems in Italian and English, parallel text, translated by Bianchi & Siviero, Mobydick, Faenza, Italy 2000. Assemblea di Poeti – ed. an anthology of Anglo-Welsh poets, translated by Bianchi & Siviero, parallel text, Mobydick, Faenza, Italy, 1998. Sans Mouton ni Dragons ed. an anthology of Anglo-Welsh poetry in French, translated by Christine Pagnoulle , Sources, Namur, Belgium, 1994. Tony Curtis has guest edited special Wales editions of several journals, including The North Dakota Quarterly and The Literary Review Fairleigh Dickenson U., USA.
Fellow of the Welsh Academy of Writers
Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature
Ongoing books of poetry, short fiction and literary and art criticism
Areas of Expertise
see website tonycurtispoet.com
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