Dana Roeser is the author of four books of poetry.  All Transparent Things Need Thundershirts, winner of the Wilder Prize, was published by Two Sylvias Press in September 2019. The collection also won a Bronze Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards and was longlisted for the Julie Suk Award.  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. In 2018, she was awarded a Pushcart Prize.

Roeser’s poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in North American Review, PoetryThe Iowa Review, Denver Quarterly, Seneca Review, Florida Review, Southern Humanities Review, Harvard Review, Crazyhorse, Virginia Quarterly Review, Massachusetts Review, Michigan Quarterly ReviewSouthwest Review, Northwest Review, Pleiades, Blackbird, Antioch Review, Indianapolis 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, Poetry Daily, and several anthologies, including the Pushcart Prize XLIII (2018) and Privacy Policy: The Anthology of Surveillance Poetics (Black Ocean Press, 2014). 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; 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, and in Spring 2017, she was visiting poet in the graduate MFA program at Purdue University.