The University of Iowa

Zach Savich

Zach Savich is the author of six books of poetry, including Daybed, and two books of prose, including Diving Makes the Water Deep, a memoir about cancer, teaching, and poetic friendship. His work has received the Iowa Poetry Prize, the Colorado Prize for Poetry, Omnidawn’s Chapbook Award, and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Open Award, among other honors. His poems, essays, and criticism have appeared in journals and anthologies including The American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Kenyon Review, and Best New Poets. A graduate of The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he teaches in the B.F.A. Program for Creative Writing at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, and co-edits Rescue Press’s Open Prose Series.

Instructor Events

Weekend July 18 to July 19 2020
Instructor(s): 
Zach Savich

How can poetry uniquely explore and express significant insights? What poetic techniques allow us to discover new perspectives? Is it true that poems are smarter than their authors? This workshop will consider poetic approaches for embodying and enlivening knowledge; we’ll also consider the ways in which profundity relates to doubt, ephemerality, surprise, play, and life’s ongoing nature.

Weeklong July 19 to July 24 2020
Instructor(s): 
Zach Savich

In this multi-genre workshop we’ll consider writing that explores transformative experiences—and that transforms things further. Whether you’re writing nonfiction about significant life events or fiction about magical situations, poetry that offers lyrical transformations or dramatic scripts about characters undergoing major changes, this workshop will offer inspiration, technical insight, and attentive support. Participants will complete new writing activities, receive feedback about ongoing writing projects (if they wish), and discuss published works by diverse authors.