The Subvocal Zoo

The Subvocal Zoo: Episode 4 – Zach Savich

Poetry Northwest
‘s monthly podcast series, The Subvocal Zoo, features editors and friends of the magazine interviewing poets during the 2014 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Seattle. Each episode will feature lively conversation between writers in a different Seattle location. IMG_0477

Episode 4 features Kevin Craft interviewing Zach Savich. Their conversation takes place at the Washington Convention Center in Seattle. Topics of discussion include George Oppen, where the eyes go after reading a great line of poetry, creative community and collaboration, and Zach Savich’s most recent collection of poetry, Century Swept Brutal.

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Zach Savich  is the author of the poetry collections Century Swept Brutal (2014), Full Catastrophe Living (2009), Annulments (2010), and The Firestorm (2011), as well as a book of prose, Events Film Cannot Withstand (2011). His work has won the Iowa Poetry Prize, the Colorado Prize for Poetry, and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Open Competition, among other honors. He teaches at the University of Arts, in Philadelphia, and co­edits Rescue Press’s Open Prose Series.

Kevin Craft is Editor of Poetry Northwest.

Read more work from Zach Savich at Poetry Northwest online here. His essay, “Easy, Durable Dreams: Notes on Poetry and Social Media” appears in the Summer & Fall 2014-2015 print issue of the magazine.

A warm thank you to Jacob Cooper and his label, Nonesuch Records, for permission to include an excerpt from “Antique Windfall,” which appears on the album Silver Threads. Zach Savich interviewed Jacob Cooper a while back, and you can find that conversation at The Kenyon Review.

Future episodes of The Subvocal Zoo will feature Timothy Donnelly and Robert Hass.

This podcast is supported in part by a successful Indiegogo campaign! Thank you to all those who have helped to get the series off the ground. Thank you, as well, to all of the editors and staff of Poetry Northwest who helped to conceive the project, and especially Elizabeth Cooperman, Carrie Kahler, Matthew Kelsey, and Katharine Ogle.

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