Stuart Barnes was born and raised in Hobart, Tasmania, educated at Monash University, Victoria, and lives in Rockhampton, Queensland. From 2014–2015 he was poetry editor of Verity La, and from 2013–2017 he was poetry editor of Tincture Journal. Since 2017 Stuart has been a program advisor for Queensland Poetry Festival. In 2018 he served on the advisory board of Bent Window Books and returned to Verity La as editor of their Out of Limbo project.
Stuart’s manuscript A Cold Decade: a memoir was shortlisted for the 2009 Olvar Wood Fellowship Award. His manuscript Blacking Out and other poems was runner-up for the 2014 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for an unpublished manuscript.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 debut collection, Glasshouses (University of Queensland Press, 2016). Glasshouses was commended for the 2016 FAW Anne Elder Award for best first collection and shortlisted for the 2017 ASAL Mary Gilmore Award for best first collection.
Individual poems have been shortlisted for major awards, including The Newcastle Poetry Prize, and appeared in anthologies, journals and newspapers such as Australian Book Review’s States of Poetry – Queensland, Cordite, Going Down Swinging, Mascara, Meanjin, Overland, Rabbit, Southerly, The Fractured Self: Poetry of Chronic Illness and Pain, The Weekend Australian and Westerly.
Stuart is currently working on a novel and his second poetry collection, Form & Function.