Tony Curtis (Welsh poet)

Tony Curtis (Welsh Poet)

Tony Curtis (Welsh poet)

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Tony Curtis FRSL(born 1946) is an Anglo-Welsh poet.

Curtis was born in Carmarthen and educated at the University of Wales, Swansea. He subsequently studied for the MFA degree at Goddard College, Vermont, becoming the only British writer ever to graduate from that course.

His debut in print was Three Young Anglo-Welsh Poets (1974), in which he featured together with Duncan Bush and Nigel Jenkins. He was given a Gregory Award in 1972. He was winner of the National Poetry Competition in 1984 and the Dylan Thomas Award in 1993. In 1994 he became Professor of Poetry at the University of Glamorgan. In 1997 he received a Cholmondeley Award. He founded Creative Writing as a subject at the university and developed the Masters course there which he ran for sixteen years:the M.Phil. in Writing. He was awarded the first D.Litt. by the University of Glamorgan in 2004. In 2001 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.


  • Album (1974)
  • Preparations (1980)
  • The Art of Seamus Heaney (ed.) (1982)
  • Letting Go (1983)
  • Dannie Abse (Writers of Wales series 1985)
  • Selected Poems 1970-85 (1986)
  • " Poems Selected and New (USA 1996)
  • The Last Candles (1989)
  • "The Poetry of Snowdonia ed. (1989)
  • "The Poetry Of Pembrokeshire ed. (1989)
  • " Love from Wales ed. with Sian James (1991 and five reprintings)
  • Taken for Pearls (1993)
  • War Voices (1995)
  • " Welsh Painters Talking (1997)
  • "Coal: an anthology of Mining......
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