Zach Powers

Virginia, United States

Member Since: 10/30/2013

His novel, First Cosmic Velocity, is coming in Summer 2019 from Putnam, and his debut story collection, Gravity Changes, won the BOA Short Fiction Prize and was published in 2017 by BOA Editions. His prose and exactly one poem have appeared in such journals as Black Warrior ReviewThe Conium ReviewForklift, OhioPANK, the Tin House blog, and elsewhere. He co-founded the literary arts nonprofit Seersucker Live. He led the writers’ workshop at the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home for eight years. His writing for television won an Emmy, and he was a columnist for Savannah Morning News. He currently manages communications for The Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland, edits The Writer's Guide, and teaches writing at Northern Virginia Community College. Get to know him at


Twitter Username: @Z_Powers


  • First Cosmic Velocity , Putnam (Summer 2019)
  • Gravity Changes , BOA Editions (May 16, 2017)


  • President/CEO at Seersucker Live, Inc (July 2010 - January 2018)
  • Communications Manager at The Writer's Center (February 2018 - )
  • Adjunct Professor of Writing at Northern Virginia Community College (August 2017 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies from Loyola University New Orleans (May 2002)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from National University (January 2009)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Children's literature , Poetry