Cameron Barnett

Cameron Barnett is a poet and teacher in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A quasi-native of the city, he attended Taylor Allderdice High School, and later received his BA in English from Duquesne University in 2011, where he was the recipient of the O'Donnell Award for Excellence in Poetry. He holds an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was poetry editor for Hot Metal Bridge Literary Magazine, co-coordinator of Pitt’s Speakeasy Reading Series, and winner of the 2014 University of Pittsburgh/Academy of American Poets Graduate Poetry Award. He teaches middle school language arts and social studies at Falk Laboratory School in Oakland, a homecoming of sorts as Falk is also one of his alma maters. He currently serves as an editor for Pittsburgh Poetry Journal, and as a board member for The Bridge Series. Cameron’s poetry explores the complexity of race and the body for a black man in today’s America. His work has been nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize, the 82nd Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt Prize, and the 2018 Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards. An avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates, he enjoys reading, writing, running, playing card games and board games, hip hop, following politics and current events, and challenging people to beatbox battles. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Superstition ReviewRattle, TriQuarterly, and IDK Magazine, among others. He is the author of The Drowning Boy's Guide to Water, winner of the Autumn House Press 2017 Rising Writer Contest, and finalist for the 49th NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry.