Nick Carbó grew up in Manila in the Philippines. He received an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College in 1992.
He is the author of the poetry collections Andalusian Dawn (WordTech Communications, 2004); Secret Asian Man (Tia Chucha Press, 2000), winner of an Asian American Literary Award; and El Grupo McDonald’s (Tia Chucha Press, 1995).
Carbó frequently invokes American pop culture in his poetry; the poet Maureen Seaton describes Secret Asian Man as “this robust postmodern superfantasy, this shockingly transgressive anti-colonial yarn of sex, the city, and human-hearted Everyman.”
He has also edited several anthologies of Filipino literature, including Pinoy Poetics: A Collection of Autobiographical and Critical Essays on Filipino and Filipino American Poetics (Meritage Press, 2004) and Returning a Borrowed Tongue: An Anthology of Filipino and Filipino American Poetry (Coffee House Press, 1995).
Carbó has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts.