Tony Curtis was born in 1946 in Carmarthen, and was educated at Swansea University. He subsequently studied for a MFA degree at Goddard College, Vermont. He taught English in secondary schools in Cheshire and Yorkshire before returning to Wales to a lecturing post. He introduced and developed Creative Writing at the Polytechnic of Wales and ran the M.Phil. In Writing when it became the University of Glamorgan. Tony Curtis's book debut was in Three Young Anglo-Welsh Poets (1974),published by the Welsh Arts Council, in which he featured together with Duncan Bush and Nigel Jenkins. Though in 1972 he had been included in the Phoenix Pamphlet Poets Series from Peterloo Press - Walk Down a Welsh Wind
He was given a Gregory Award in 1972, won the National Poetry Competition in 1984 and was given the Dylan Thomas Award in 1993. Then in 1994 Curtis became Professor of Poetry at the University of Glamorgan. In 1997 he received a Cholmondeley Award. He established a Creative Writing course at the university, and developed a M.Phil. in Writing course there, which he ran for sixteen years. Tony Curtis was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2001, and in 2004 he was awarded the first D.Litt. by the University of Glamorgan. He is Emeritus Professor of Poetry at the University of South Wales (Glamorgan).In 2014, Dylan Thomas's centenary year, he toured a talk based on his memoir "My Life with Dylan Thomas". In September 2015 he visits the USA with that talk and other poetry readings. From May 2015 he will act as visiting poet at Dyffryn House and Gardens in the Vale of Glamorgan. In that month he curated the first exhibition of Ceri Richards Dylan Thomas-inspired paintings at the Boathouse in Laugharne. In 2016 Seren Books will publish his From the Fortunate Isles: Selected Poems 1966-2016 In 2017 Cinnamon Press will publish his selected Stories: Throwing the Punch. Tony Curtis lives in Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan and in Lydstep in Pembrokeshire.