Rick Barot

Rachel McCauley

Rick Barot

Thursday, March 19, 2020 7:30 pm

At Seattle Central Community College—Broadway Performance Hall

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Rick Barot is an award-winning Tacoma poet. His latest book of poems, The Galleons (2020), is in part about the centuries-long colonial structure that sustained Spanish control over Latin and South America, the Caribbean, and the Philippines.

Rick Barot was born in the Philippines and emigrated to the San Francisco Bay area when he was ten years old. He partially attributes his love of the written word to his youth spent enjoying the public library system and independent book stores in Oakland. Barot earned a BA from Wesleyan University and an MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. He was both a Stegner Fellow in Poetry and a Jones Lecturer of Poetry at Stanford University.

After spending some time writing non-fiction, Barot discovered poetry was truly his “home genre.” He loves the expansive possibility of imagery, metaphor, and rhythm. He often talks about the alchemic power of writing, how with the proper craft and care, writers can turn ordinary words into something charged with immense value.

Barot’s work includes The Darker Fall (2002), Want (2008), and Chord (2015). Barot’s poems and essays have appeared in the New Republic, Poetry, the Kenyon Review, Tin House, The New York Times Magazine, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. Barot recently achieved one of the items on his writing bucket list: having one of his poems from The Galleons published in The New Yorker.

Barot lives in Tacoma, Washington, where he is the poetry editor of the New England Review and the director of the Rainier Writing Workshop, a low-residency MFA through Pacific Lutheran University. Barot was on the faculty of the MFA program at Warren Wilson College and has taught at Breadloaf Writing Conference. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Barot received the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry for The Darker the Fall. Barot won the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards with his book, Want. Chord received the UNT Rilke Prize, the PEN Open Book Award, and the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award, and was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize.

Event Details

Seattle Central Community College—Broadway Performance Hall

1625 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122

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Know Before You Go

  • The format for this evening will be a reading by Rick Barot, followed by a 15-minute Q&A.
  • Poetry Series Subscribers (except Student/U25) receive a copy of Rick Barot’s new book, The Galleons.

Transportation & Parking

The Broadway Performance Hall is located at Seattle Central College’s main campus, in the heart of the vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood.


Parking for visitors and event guests is available 24/7 at the Harvard Garage (1609 Harvard Ave.), which is operated by Seattle Central College. For rates, visit Seattle Central’s Public Parking & Transportation page. Metered street parking is also available in the area.

Public Transit

By bus: Metro buses 11, 49 and 60 all pass next to, or within a block of, both the Broadway Performance Hall and Erickson Theatre. Visit King County Metro Trip Planner to learn more about these and other nearby bus options.

By streetcar: Take the Broadway route to the stop at Broadway & Denny.

By light rail: The Capitol Hill Link station is located approximately one block north of the Broadway Performance Hall, and two blocks north of Erickson Theatre.


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Poetry Series Sponsor
Charles & Barbara Wright