Mr. Curtis Bauer

Texas, United States

Member Since: 08/22/2012

A native of Iowa, Curtis Bauer was raised a son of farmers and artists and has lived in England, Mexico, Spain and the Eastern and Southwest United States. He is the author of two poetry collections: his first, Fence Line (2004), won the John Ciardi Poetry Prize; and his second, The Real Cause for Your Absence was published by C&R Press in 2013. A bilingual collection of his poetry, Spanish Sketchbook was published in Spain in 2012. Bauer is also a translator of poetry and prose from the Spanish; his publications include the full-length collections Eros Is More (forthcoming from Alice James Books in 2014) and Talisman (Editorial Anantes, 2012), as well as individual poems and prose from numerous Spanish and South American writers in The Southern Review, Two Lines, The Indiana Review, and The American Poetry Review,among others. He is the publisher and editor of Q Ave Press Chapbooks, the Spanish Translations Editor forFrom the Fishouse, and “Emerging Spanish Poets” Series Editor for Vaso Roto Editions. He teaches Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.


Twitter Username: @cwbauer


  • Image of Absence (from the Spanish of Jeannette L. Clariond) , The Word Works (May 1, 2018)
  • From Behind What Landscape (from the Spanish of Luis Muñoz) , Vaso Roto Ediciones (June 1, 2016)
  • Eros Is More (from the Spanish of Juan Antonio González Iglesias) , Alice James Books (September 2014)
  • The Real Cause For Your Absence , C & R Press (March 2013)
  • Fence Line , BkMk Press (August 2004)


  • The John Ciardi Prize(2003)


  • Professor of English at Texas Tech University (August 2009 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Central College, Pella, Iowa (May 1992)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing--Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College (May 1999)
  • Doctoral Degree in English and Translation from Texas Tech University (May 2009)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry