Sara Kocek is the author of the novel Promise Me Something (Albert Whitman, 2013) and the founder of Yellow Bird Editors, a collective of independent editors and writing coaches based in Austin. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University, where she taught fiction and poetry to undergraduates. Prior to pursuing her MFA, Sara graduated with a B.A. in English from Yale University, where her fiction was published in the Yale Literary Magazine and where she was awarded several of the university’s top writing prizes: the Elmore A. Willets Prize, the Francis Bergin Memorial Prize, and the McLaughlin Memorial Prize. A former full-time editorial intern at Random House and Penguin, she now lives in Austin, Texas, where she worked for several years as the Program Director for the Writers’ League of Texas before launching Yellow Bird.