Stuart Barnes was born and grew up in Hobart and lived in Melbourne for seventeen years before moving to Rockhampton, Australia. His first poetry collection, Glasshouses (UQP), won the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, was commended for the FAW Anne Elder Award and shortlisted for the ASAL Dame Mary Gilmore Award. From 2014–2015 Stuart was poetry editor of Verity La and from 2013–2017 poetry editor of Tincture Journal. Since 2017 he has been a program advisor for Queensland Poetry Festival. In 2018 he served on the advisory board of Bent Window Books and guest co-edited, with Quinn Eades, Cordite Poetry Review’s TRANSQUEER issue. Stuart’s writing has been published/is forthcoming in Australian Book Review, Cordite Poetry Review, Meanjin, Overland, Plumwood Mountain, POETRY (Chicago), Poetry Ireland, Rabbit Poetry Journal, Southerly, Transnational Literature, Verity La, Westerly and The Weekend Australian Review. Commissioned poems have been published in Peril Magazine and at Red Room Company and are forthcoming in Australian Poetry Journal. Stuart’s working on his second poetry collection, Form & Function, and a novel.
Glasshouses, described as ‘playful, subtle, moving, witty and outrageous … a major achievement’ (William Yeoman), ‘an impressive balancing act between a love of precursors and the strategies of the avant-garde’ (Geoff Page) and ‘[a] complex but compelling collection that captures joy, pain, beauty, darkness and adventure, sometimes all at once’ (Sally Piper), is available from a number of bookshops.