Dana Roeser is the author of three books of poetry. The Theme of Tonight’s Party Has Been Changed, winner of the Juniper Prize, was published by University of Massachusetts Press in March 2014. Roeser’s second book, In the Truth Room, was the winner of the Samuel French Morse Prize, judged by Rodney Jones, and was published by Northeastern University Press/University Press of New England in October 2008. It was nominated for the 2010 Poets’ Prize. Her first book of poems, Beautiful Motion, received the Morse Prize (judged by Ellen Bryant Voigt) in 2004 and was published by Northeastern University Press that year. In 2007 Roeser received a fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2005, she won the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award for Beautiful Motion and the 2005-2006 Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington Fellowship.
Roeser has received fellowships to Yaddo, Ragdale, The Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Le Moulin à Nef (VCCA France), and St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity in Valletta, Malta (VCCA International Exchange). She has given readings of her work at Purdue University; George Washington University; Sweet Briar College; Butler University; Wichita State University; Bucks County Community College (Pennsylvania); The Gerard Manley Hopkins International Festival (Newbridge, Ireland), Monticello-Union Township Public Library, Tippecanoe County Public Library, and the Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival (Lafayette, Indiana), all with the Danny Weiss Jazz Trio; the Indiana Poetry Festival; Chapters Literary Bookstore (Washington, DC); Prairie Lights Bookstore (Iowa City); Women and Children First (Chicago); Indy Reads Books (Indianapolis); Indiana University South Bend; Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; Marshall University; the Virginia Festival of the Book; eight colleges and universities in the Great Lakes Colleges Association (Denison University, Kenyon College, College of Wooster, Albion College, Antioch College, Hope College, Wabash College, and Depauw University); and other venues. Since 2000, she has taught in various capacities in the undergraduate and graduate MFA creative writing programs at Butler and Purdue Universities. In 2005-2006, she taught poetry writing at George Washington University as the Jenny McKean Moore Writer in Washington. In Fall 2015, she was Visiting Distinguished Poet at Wichita State University.