Maria Barnas (born 28 August 1973, Hoorn) is a Dutch writer, poet and artist.MARIA BARNAS (NL, 1973) lives and works in Amsterdam and Berlin. Both in her written work, including novels, poetry and essays and in her visual work, she focuses on how description shapes reality, with a special interest in what Stephan Themerson called ‘The urge to create visions’.She studied visual art at the Rietveld Academy and and was resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and The American Academy in Rome. Barnas is currently advisor at the Rijksakademie.Barnas was awarded the C. Buddingh’ Prize for her first collection of poetry Twee Zonnen (2003) and has since published highly appraised collections, including Er staat een stad op in 2007. In 2011 her collected observations on art and literature for NRC Handelsblad were published in Fantastisch. Her latest collection of poems Jaja de oerknal (Yeah-yeah the Big Bang) came out in 2013, a book focusing on mechanisms of fear, is nominated for the VSB Poetry Prize 2014.Barnas is currently doing research into visual and spatial essays, in which language and image are combined. The first in this series, On News Desks and Getting Lost, was presented at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, during the lecture series Facing Forward. A new spatial essay will be presented at CBK Drenthe, on The International Cosmonaut, in the spring of 2014. She collaborated with Yotam Haber, a resident at the American Academy in Rome, on The Stendhal Project.