Dana Roeser is the author of three books of poetry. The Theme of Tonight's Party Has Been Changed, winner of the Juniper Prize, will be 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’s poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in The Iowa Review, Harvard Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Massachusetts Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Northwest Review, Blackbird, Antioch Review, Southern Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Carolina Quarterly, Green Mountains Review, Cimarron Review, New Ohio Review, Barrow Street, Indiana Review, Notre Dame Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Passages North, Sou’wester, Prairie Schooner, Laurel Review, Pool, Shade, The Literary Review, Verse Daily and Poetry Daily. A micro-essay, “Comma Splice and Jump-Cut: On the Line,” appeared in A Broken Thing: Contemporary Poets on the Line (edited by Emily Rosko and Anton Vander Zee, University of Iowa Press, 2011).
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, Bucks County Community College, Monticello-Union Township Public Library and Tippecanoe County Public Library (both with the Danny Weiss Jazz Trio), the Indiana Poetry Festival, Chapters Literary Bookstore (Washington, DC), Indiana University South Bend, 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. She currently serves as core faculty for the Butler University MFA Program in Creative Writing. She has taught at Butler University, in various capacities, since 2001, with the exception of academic year 2005-2006, when she taught poetry writing at George Washington University as the Jenny McKean Moore Writer in Washington, and 2008-2009, when she served as visiting poet at Purdue University.