Zach Powers is a native of Savannah, Georgia, and lives and writes in Arlington, Virginia. His novel First Cosmic Velocity (Putnam) was published in 2019, and his debut story collection Gravity Changes won the BOA Short Fiction Prize and was published in 2017. He worked in television for a decade, winning four regional Emmy awards as a producer, writer, and editor. He managed digital communications for Telfair Museums, the oldest public art museum in the South. He has also volunteered for numerous nonprofits, serving on the Board of Directors for the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home and on the Board of Advisors for Georgia Public Broadcasting, teaching youth creative writing workshops for Deep Center, and co-founding the literary arts organization Seersucker Live, Inc. He was an Adjunct Professor of Writing and Critical Thinking at University of South Carolina Beaufort and Northern Virginia Community College. He has an MFA in Fiction from National University.