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Catherine Barnett. Courtesy Hudson Valley Writers' Center.

Catherine Barnett (born 1960) is an American poet and educator.[1]


Barnes was born in San Francisco.[1] She earned a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.F.A. from Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.

Barnett is an instructor at New York University[2] 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.[3] In addition, she is a member of the Alice James Books Cooperative Board.[4]

She is the author of Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced (Alice James Books, 2003), winner of the 2003 Beatrice Hawley Award. Her 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.




  • Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes are Pierced. Alice James Books, 2004.
  • The Game of Boxes. Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press, 2012.


  • Another English: Anglophone poems from around the world (edited with Tiphanie Yanique). North Adams, MA: Poetry Foundation's Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute / Tupelo Press, 2014.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[6]

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Catherine Barnett reading John Berryman's "Dream Song 20"


Catherine Barnett Poets Forum Reading


  1. 1.0 1.1 Catherine Barnett,, Academy of American Poets. Web, Aug. 24, 2015.
  2. NYU > CWP Facutly: Catherine Barnett
  3. PEN American Center - Poetry Reading: Marie Ponsot, Catherine Barnett, Alison Powell, Bios
  4. Alice James Books > Cooperative Board
  5. "Guggenheim Foundation 2006 Fellows". John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. 2006. Retrieved 2008-11-10.  Template:Dead link
  6. Search results = au:Catherine Barnett, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Aug. 24, 2015.

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