Rick Barot was born in the Philippines and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has published three volumes of poetry: The Darker Fall (2002), Want (2008), and Chord (2015). Chord received the UNT Rilke Prize, the PEN Open Book Award, and the Thom Gunn Award. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Poetry, The New Republic, Tin House, and The New Yorker. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Stanford University. He lives in Tacoma, Washington and teaches at Pacific Lutheran University. His fourth book of poems, The Galleons, was published in 2020.