Rick Barot was born in the Philippines and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. His first book, The Darker Fall, was the winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry and was published by Sarabande Books in 2002. Sarabande published his second book, Want, in 2008; and his third collection, Chord (2015), which won the 2016 UNT Rilke Prize and was shortlisted for the PEN/Open book Award. His poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including New England Review, The New Republic, Poetry, and Virginia Quarterly Review. His work has also appeared in many anthologies, including The New Young American Poets, Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation, and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Stanford University. A 2016 Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry, he lives in Tacoma, Washington, and teaches both in the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and Pacific Lutheran University.