Curt G. Curtin
I’m a lifelong poet, born and raised in Boston, Mass. In my 20s, I spent a winter living alone in the Berkshire woods; I was reading and re-reading the only book in the cabin, The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis. I wrote many poems during that time but at the end of the winter I burned all that I had written up to that point.
I have two full-length poetry collections published by Kelsay Books: Kerry Dancers (2020) and For Art’s Sake (2019). I also have three chapbooks: Embers Carried Across A River In A Gourd (2015), Elusive Music (2005), and Pacing The Floor (1979), along with many individual poems appearing in journals and other publications.
Curt Curtin on Boston Common
Several other collections in the works deal with science, humanism, spirituality, nature, and human suffering; I’m also working on two books of poetry for children.
In 2010, I was the first recipient of the Worcester County Poetry Association’s Frank O’Hara award for poetry and in 2019 won second place in the annual contest of the Connecticut Poetry Society. I’ve been a featured reader in many poetry venues in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and twice in Ireland. I taught college English and creative writing at Westfield State University for 20 years.
I currently live in Worcester, Mass. with my wife of 40 years, Dee O’Connor. Among many other acts of love, she is now acting as my publicist and reader, since I have become legally blind.