Rick Barot will read from his third collection of poems, Chord, published by Sarabande. “Chord examines—subtly, and with great beauty—the limits of representational art and language, specifically our need to aestheticize suffering, even as we know this same desire also serves to blunt or negate human trauma. This is the paradox that Barot explores: our desire to express the facts of this world while recognizing that we lack—will always lack—the right language for it."—Paisley Rekdal
Rick Barot was born in the Philippines, grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and attended Wesleyan University and The Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is the author of The Darker Fall, which received the Kathryn A. Morton Prize, and Want, which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and won the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Artist Trust of Washington, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace E. Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer in Poetry. In 2016, he received a poetry fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation.
His poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, The New Republic, and Tin House. His work has been included in Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century and The Best American Poetry 2012 and 2016.