Stuart Barnes was born and raised in Hobart, Tasmania, and educated at Monash University, Victoria. Since 2013 he has lived in Central Queensland and been 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manuscript Blacking Out and other poems was runner-up for the 2014 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for an unpublished manuscript.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, August 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.