About Sara Ries

 Sara Ries received her MFA in poetry at Chatham University, where she received the Best Thesis in Poetry Award. Her writing expresses the grit, sincerity, and generosity that she has experienced in diners and reflects her experiences from her travels. Her first book, Come In, We're Open, which she wrote about growing up in her parents’ diner, won the Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition and was published in June 2010 by the NFSPS Press. She was the co-founder and host of the Poetry & Dinner Night reading series at the Woodlawn Diner, which her parents owned for 32 years. Her poem, “Fish Fry Daughter,” was selected by Ted Kooser for his American Life in Poetry column. Originally from Buffalo, NY, she currently lives with her husband Thaddeus in St. Petersburg, FL, where they are always brainstorming their next adventure. They have lived and taught ESL all over Colombia including the magical seahorse-shaped island of San Andrés and Villa de Leyva, a charming colonial town in the quartz-filled Andes mountains where they were married. She is constantly making new friends with macaws, fish, dolphins, lizards, and cats. Her chapbook, Snow Angels on the Living Room Floor, is scheduled to be released in November 2018 by Finishing Line Press.