Silvia Curbelo was born in Matanzas, Cuba, and as a child emigrated to the U.S. with her parents.
Her numerous awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Cintas Foundation, and the Florida Arts Council, and an Atlantic Center for the Arts Cultural Exchange Fellowship to La Napoule Arts Foundation in France.
Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, Gettysburg Review, Prairie Schooner, Tampa Review, and many other publications.
She is the recipient of a James Wright Award for Poetry from Mid-American Review, an Escape to Create Fellowship from the Seaside Institute, and the 1996 Jessica Nobel-Maxwell Memorial Prize from the American Poetry Review.
Silvia Curbelo's "The Secret History of Water" is the inaugural volume in the Anhinga Press Van K. Brock Florida Poetry Series.
Silvia lives in Tampa, Florida, and works as an editor for Organica Quarterly.
Editor David Warner of Creative Loafing said some kind and encouraging words on page 26 of the August 26, 2009, issue. Partial quote, "At a moment when ignorance is being aggressively defended, Deep Carnivale still respects our intelligence. Imagine that."
Esther Martinez, in a story at The Florida Book Review" says she knows "Deep Carnivale will be 'A Celebration of Words' and not a Bourbon Street bacchanal."
"But logophile that I am, I reason I'll get drunk on language. With over 70 writers and artists scheduled [for the 2008 Carnivale] to perform or read from their works, my beaded necklaces will be strung with verse. I imagine haiku shooters..."
"It is just before 10am when I arrive at the corner of Palm Avenue and 14th StreetóDeep Carnivale ground zero. About a dozen vendor tables are lined up around the Hillsborough Community College courtyard where a band of teenagers [Next Exit] are setting up their instruments."The vendor tables sell books by local writers, HCC publications and baked goods. I grab a Cuban favorite, papa rellena, a potato stuffed with savory ground beef. Belly satisfied, I cross the street and enter the historic Circulo Cubano. A nearly 100 year old neo-classical building of ionic columns and marble staircases, it served as the Cuban Social Club and remains the oldest building of its kind in the country."
"When I look back over 2008, my visit to the second edition of Deep Carnivale was a
highlight. You and your staff did a great job and I loved being part of it, again.
I am sure there will be bigger festivals to come. But maybe not better!!!"
– Darrell House, children's book author and 2008 Deep Carnivale presenter.