Stuart Barnes was born and raised in Hobart, Tasmania, educated at Monash University, Victoria, and lives in Rockhampton, Queensland. From 2013–2017 he was poetry editor for Tincture Journal.
Stuart’s manuscript Blacking Out and other poems was runner-up for the 2014 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for an unpublished manuscript. His manuscript The Staysails won the 2015 Thomas Shapcott Prize, resulting in the publication of his first collection, Glasshouses (University of Queensland Press, 2016). Glasshouses was commended for the 2016 FAW Anne Elder Award for best first collection of Australian poetry, and was shortlisted for the 2017 ASAL Mary Gilmore Award for best first collection of Australian poetry.
Stuart’s poetry appears in anthologies and journals such as Australian Book Review’s States of Poetry – Queensland, Cordite, Going Down Swinging, Mascara, Meanjin, Overland, Rabbit, Southerly and Westerly.