Catherine Barnett

Catherine Barnett

Catherine Barnett (born 1960 San Francisco) is an American poet and educator. She is the author of Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced, winner of the 2003 Beatrice Hawley Award. Her most recent collection, The Game of Boxes, received the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets. Her other honors include a Whiting Writer's Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She has published widely in journals and magazines including the Washington Post, Barrow Street, Shenandoah, Pleiades, the Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, the Hat, and the Massachusetts Review. Barnett is an instructor at New York University and Teachers & Writers Collabrative. As poet-in-residence at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, she teaches writing to young mothers in New York City’s shelter system. She also works as an independent editor and recently collaborated with the composer Richard Einhorn on the libretto for "The Origin," his multimedia oratorio about the life of Charles Darwin. In addition, she is a member of the Alice James Books Cooperative Board. She received her B.A. from Princeton University and an MFA from Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.


The Game of Boxes

Catherine Barnett


Winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets
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