Zach Savich was born in Michigan in 1982 and grew up in Olympia, Washington. He received degrees from the Universities of Washington, Iowa, and Massachusetts. His work has received the Iowa Poetry Prize, the Colorado Prize for Poetry, the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Open Award, and other honors. His fifth collection of poetry, The Orchard Green and Every Color, was published by Omnidawn in 2016. He teaches in the BFA Program for Creative Writing at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, and co-edits Rescue Press’s Open Prose Series.

“I want to write you a beautiful book of prose, against not least the before-too-long loss of tongue and sense and all sun-defiant hues on the river bend, and none of us able to say or touch or see, soon enough, soon enough, aground, to give you this my voice today nevertheless, withstanding, nevertheless, given everything, for you, a clear note from a complicated bell,” begins Zach Savich in his first book of prose, Events Film Cannot Withstand. He goes on to compose a powerful, precise, and playfully chaotic book-length lyric memoir on art, process, friendship, place, and imagination. 

Diving Makes The Water Deep is a memoir about cancer, teaching, and poetic friendship. Alternately wise and wild, humorous and moving, Savich writes of illness and illness narratives, the present moment, pain, memory, desire, and poetry’s oft-debated capacity to matter: “Justify why you have an eye. How come nursery rhymes, how come tulips and clouds, fear and bread, insight without immediate application.” In the tradition of previous poet-teacher treatises—Mary Ruefle’s Madness, Rack, and Honey, Richard Hugo’s Triggering Town—this book’s inquiry embraces the reader as correspondent, collaborator, and confidant. Diving Makes The Water Deep, Savich’s second book of nonfiction, is a huge-hearted, riotous memoir—one that will inspire those who love poetry and those who hate it toward further escalation, care, and entanglement.

Selected Publications:

At Length


Gulf Coast


iO Poetry

Philadelphia Review of Books

Poetry Northwest

The Millions


Verse Daily



“Eleven Essays I’m Not Writing About Contemporary Poetry” at The Philadelphia Review of Books

Interview at The Conversant

Interview at H_NGM_N

Poetry Society of America

Safety Book Interview #2