Born in Matanzas, Cuba, poet Silvia Curbelo emigrated to the United States with her parents as a child. Her poems couple the personal with the elemental, overlaying collective and individual paths. Her poetry collections include The Geography of Leaving (Silverfish Review, 1991), The Secret History of Water (Anhinga Press, 1997) and Falling Landscape (Anhinga Press, 2015). Her work has also appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Body Electric: America’s Best Poetry from the American Poetry Review (2000), Snakebird: Thirty Years of Anhinga Poets (2004), and the Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (2010).
Curbelo has served as the editor of Organica Quarterly and is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Florida Arts Council, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Cintas Foundation, the Seaside Foundation, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, as well as Mid-American Review’s James Wright Award and American Poetry Review’s Jessica Nobel Maxwell Memorial Prize. She lives in Tampa.