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Chatham University

MFA Alumni

Sara Ries

Sara Ries

Class of 2009

Sara was born in Buffalo, New York, where her parents have owned a diner since she was two-years-old. She received the Best Thesis in Poetry Award from Chatham. Her first book, Come In, We're Open, won the Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition and was published in June 2010 by the NFSPS Press. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Buffalo News, Blue Collar Review, and Earth's Daughters. Her poem, “Fish Fry Daughter,” was selected by Ted Kooser for his American Life in Poetry column. She is an artist-in-residence at Women and Children's hospital, hosts the Poetry & Dinner Night Reading Series at the Woodlawn Diner, and is a part-time professor at Erie Community College.