Sara Ries was born in Buffalo, New York, where her parents have owned a diner since she was two years old. She holds an MFA from Chatham University, where she received the Best Thesis in Poetry Award. Her first poetry book, Come In, We're Open, won the Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition and was published in June 2010 by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (USA). Her poem, “Fish Fry Daughter,” was selected by Ted Kooser for his American Life in Poetry column. She currently hosts the Poetry & Dinner Night Reading Series at the Woodlawn Diner and teaches at Erie Community College.