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 American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Kenyon Review, and Best New Poets. A graduate of the 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

The experiences we need to write about the most can be the hardest to address. In this workshop, we’ll explore ways of writing about life events that we’re still figuring out. How can you tell a story when you don’t know how it ends? What language can reflect situations that seem impossible to describe? What emerges in emergency?

Weekend July 21 to July 22 2018

This session will offer an intensive dive into the world of poetic form. After we analyze exemplary poems from a diverse range of poets, we’ll try experiments in meter, rhyme, fixed forms, and recent kinds of adventurous prosody. We’ll also discuss the role of form in contemporary poetry and give feedback on poems that participants have previously written, paying particular attention to elements of form.