Rick Barot was born in the Philippines and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He attended Wesleyan University, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and Stanford University, where he was a Stegner Fellow in Poetry and later a Jones Lecturer in Poetry.
Barot is author of the poetry collections The Darker Fall (2002), which received the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, Want (2008), a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards and won the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize, and Chord (2015). His poems and essays have appeared in the New Republic, Poetry, the Kenyon Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review,and others.
The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, Barot has taught at numerous universities including Stanford, California College of the Arts, George Washington University, and Lynchburg College. He currently resides in Tacoma, Washington, and teaches at Pacific Lutheran University and Warren Wilson College.