Rick Barot

Rachel McCauley

Rick Barot

Thursday, March 19, 2020 7:30 pm

03/19/2020 7:30 pm 03/19/2020 America/Los_Angeles Rick Barot https://lectures.org/event/rick-barot/ Seattle Central Community College—Broadway Performance Hall

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.

Want to take a class with Rick Barot? Rick will be teaching a Hugo House workshop, titled “Lavish Syntax,” on Tuesday, February 24, from 6:00-9:00pm. Course description: The problem at the heart of writing a poem is the problem of dramatization. That is, how do we dramatize in language–an arguably limited means–the dynamics of thought, sensation, mystery, knowledge, and unsayability that often comprise human experience? In this class, we’ll discuss the crucial importance of syntax in vitalizing a poem. We’ll look at poems with powerful content and the syntactical correlatives the poets use in dramatizing that content. The poems will include the work of Louise Glück, Sharon Olds, Arthur Sze, and many others. Registration is available at Hugo House.

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.

Jane Wong, who will be moderating the Q&A portion of Barot’s event, is the author of Overpour from Action Books, and How to Not Be Afraid of Everything, which is forthcoming from Alice James Books. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Western Washington University. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships and residencies from the U.S. Fulbright Program, Artist Trust, 4Culture, the Fine Arts Work Center, Bread Loaf, Willapa Bay AiR, Hedgebrook, the Jentel Foundation, SAFTA, and Mineral School. In 2017, she received the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist award for Washington artists. A scholar of Asian American poetry and poetics, you can explore “The Poetics of Haunting” project here.

Event Details

Seattle Central Community College—Broadway Performance Hall

1625 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122

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Don't have your tickets?

Most tickets have been emailed, so be sure to check your inbox for an email from boxoffice@lectures.org. Call us at 206-621-2230 x10 if you can’t find them.

Have a question for the speaker?

Want to ask Rick Barot something? Send your question to SAL’s Associate Director at rahoogs@lectures.org—it might be asked onstage!


Poetry Series and Create-Your-Own-Series subscribers receive a copy of The Galleons. You should receive a Barot Book Ticket with your admission ticket. Exchange this ticket at the book table located at the main entrance to Broadway Performance Hall before or after the event.

Note: Student/U25 & complimentary subscriptions do not receive a book.

Open Books will have copies of Barot’s work available for purchase at their table in the lobby.

The event will conclude with a book signing.

Patrons & Grand Patrons, you're invited to Happy Hour!

Patrons & Grand Patrons, join us for light bites and wine with Rick Barot at The Tin Table, located at 915 E Pine St between 10th & Broadway, from 6:30 to 7:15pm.

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.


Open Captioning is an option for people who have hearing losses, where a captioning screen displaying the words that are spoken or sung is placed on stage. Please note: for events at Broadway Performance Hall, we appreciate a two-week advance notice to allow us time to secure captioning services.

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Sign Language Interpretation is available upon request for Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing individuals. To make a request for ASL interpretation, please contact us at boxoffice@lectures.org or 206.621.2230×10. Please note: we appreciate a two-week advance notice to allow us time to secure interpretation.

Wheelchair Accessible Seating and Accessible Restrooms are available in all sections at our venues, and our venues are fully accessible to ticket holders with physical mobility concerns. Guide and service dogs are also welcome. Broadway Performance Hall is equipped with an elevator and has eight handicapped-accessible seats in the central section, and a ramp and handrail lead into the hall on the left side of the auditorium. For more venue details, click here.

We are pleased to offer these accessibility services at our venues, and they are provided at no additional cost to ticket holders. Please contact us with any questions and feedback about how we can be more accessible and inclusive. Our Patron Services Manager is available at boxoffice@lectures.org, or Monday-Thursday from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and Fridays from 10:00am – 1:00pm, at 206.621.2230×10.


Poetry Series Sponsor
Charles & Barbara Wright