He is the author of four poetry books: Haji as Puppet: An Orientalist Burlesque, (Word Works. 2017). Winner of 2016 Tenth Gate Prize for Mid-Career Poets, Foot Faults: Tennis Poems (David Robert Books, 2016), Ghazal Games (Ohio UP, 2011), and Dear Regime: Letters to the Islamic Republic, which won Ohio University Press’s 2007 Hollis Summers’ Prize, (David Lehman, judge).
Also an Iranian-American scholar and translator, his most recent academic book is Emerson in Iran: the American Appropriation of Persian Poetry (SUNY Press, 2019). He is co-author and translator of Nature and Nostalgia in the Poetry of Nader Naderpour (Cambria, 2017). His renderings of classical and contemporary Persian verse have appeared in such journals as Poetry, Brooklyn Rail, and Michigan Quarterly Review. He is a 2015 recipient of the Willis Barnstone Prize for Literary Translation.
Roger teaches creative writing (poetry and literary translation) in the MFA program as well as 19th and 20th century American literature and transnational (Middle Eastern-American literature) in the English department at Queens College, City University of New York.