Stuart Barnes was born and grew up in nipaluna/Hobart and lived in Naarm/Melbourne for seventeen years before moving to Darumbal country, Rockhampton. His first book Glasshouses (UQP 2016) won the 2015 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for an unpublished manuscript, was commended for the 2016 FAW Anne Elder Award for best first poetry collection and shortlisted for the 2017 ASAL Dame Mary Gilmore Award for best first poetry collection.
From 2014–2015 Stuart was poetry editor of Verity La, from 2013–2017 poetry editor of Tincture Journal. In 2014 he judged (with Penelope Layland) the ACT Writing and Publishing Awards: Poetry category, in 2017 (with Michelle Cahill) the Val Vallis Award for an Unpublished Poem. From 2017–2019 he was a program adviser for Queensland Poetry Festival. In 2018 he guest edited (with Quinn Eades) Cordite Poetry Review’s TRANSQUEER issue, in 2020 (with Charmaine Papertalk Green) Rabbit: a journal for nonfiction poetry’s FORM issue.
Stuart’s writing has appeared in various publications, including The Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry, Australian Book Review, Cordite Poetry Review, Meanjin, Overland, Plumwood Mountain: An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics, POETRY (Chicago), Poetry Ireland Review, Rabbit: a journal for nonfiction poetry, Scars: an anthology of microlit, Southerly Journal, Transnational Literature, Verity La, Westerly Magazine and The Weekend Australian Review.
Stuart’s poems have been shortlisted for the Montreal International Poetry Prize, the Newcastle Poetry Prize and the Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award, and have been highly commended for the Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize. Blacking Out and other poems was runner-up for the 2014 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for an unpublished manuscript.
Stuart’s currently working on his second poetry collection, Form & Function, and a novel.