Roger Mitchell is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Letters from Siberia and Other Poems (1971), A Clear Space on a Cold Day (1986), Braid (1997), Delicate Bait (2003), which won the Akron Poetry Prize, and Lemon Peeled the Moment Before: New & Selected Poems 1967–2008 (2008). He has also published a work of nonfiction, Clear Pond: The Reconstruction of a Life (1991), which won the John Ben Snow Foundation Prize. Other honors and awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
A former director of the MFA program at Indiana University Bloomington, Mitchell currently lives in the Adirondack Mountains of New York with his wife, the writer Dorian Gossy.