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 for From the Fishouse, and “Emerging Spanish Poets” Series Editor for Vaso Roto Ediciones. He teaches Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.