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Zach Savich

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Zach Savich was born in Michigan and raised in Washington, where he received his BA in English from the University of Washington. He also earned MFAs in creative writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Savich is the author of five poetry collections: The Orchard Green and Every Color (Omnidawn Publishing, 2016); Century Swept Burial (Black Ocean, 2013); The Firestorm (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011), winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Open Award; Annulments (Center for Literary Publishing, 2010), winner of the 2010 Colorado Prize for Poetry; and Full Catastrophe Living (University of Iowa Press, 2009), winner of the 2008 Iowa Poetry Prize. He is also the author of the lyric memoir Events Film Cannot Withstand (Rescue Press, 2011).

Savich has held editorial positions at Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, and Thermos Magazine, and has taught creative writing and literature courses at the University of Iowa; the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; the University of Washington’s Creative Writing Seminar in Rome; Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania; and Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. He currently teaches creative writing at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and serves as the coeditor of Rescue Press’s Open Prose Series. He lives in Philadelphia.


Selected Bibliography

Poetry

The Orchard Green and Every Color (Omnidawn Publishing, 2016)
Century Swept Burial (Black Ocean, 2013)
The Firestorm (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011)
Annulments (Center for Literary Publishing, 2010)
Full Catastrophe Living (University of Iowa Press, 2009)

Prose

Events Film Cannot Withstand (Rescue Press, 2011)

by this poet

poem
Lightning-torn bark lured on the lower limbs, a sym-
bol of how a bole bares itself in time. I've tried

to wear my sheddings so gracefully
that finches will not flush at the foul capillary sheen my

systolic nerve acts out its barn-raisings slash burnings by.
Have a heart. Mine murmurs yes and no and yet now.