A headshot of Zach Savich, director of the Creative Writing program.
Visiting Faculty

Zach Savich is the author of the poetry collections Full Catastrophe Living (University of Iowa Press, 2009); Annulments (Center for Literary Publishing, 2010); The Firestorm (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011); Century Swept Brutal (Black Ocean, 2013); The Orchard Green and Every Color (Omnidawn, 2016); and Daybed (Black Ocean, 2018). He is also the author of a book of prose, Events Film Cannot Withstand (Rescue Press, 2011), a chapbook, The Man Who Lost His Head (Omnidawn, 2011), and a memoir, Diving Makes the Water Deep (Rescue Press, 2016).

His work has received the Iowa Poetry Prize, the Colorado Prize for Poetry, the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Open Competition, Omindawn Publishing’s Chapbook Award and recognition from the Poetry Society of America. Savich earned a BA in English from University of Washington and MFAs from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has taught creative writing and literature courses at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand; University of Washington’s Creative Writing Seminar in Rome; University of Iowa; University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Iowa Summer Writers Festival; and Shippensburg University. He has also worked extensively in community settings and with K–12 students, including through the Kenyon Review’s Young Writers Workshop and University of the Arts Pre-College programs. He taught in the BFA program for Creative Writing at University of the Arts from 2013 to 2020. He is currently an associate professor of Creative Writing at the Cleveland Institute of Art.