Dawn Potter directs the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching, held each summer at Robert Frost's home in Franconia, New Hampshire. She serves on the faculty of 24PearlStreet, the online writing program of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts; and works as a visiting writer in the schools, a freelance manuscript consultant, and a freelance editor for literary and academic presses.

Dawn is the author or editor of eight books of prose and poetry. Same Old Story, her most recent poetry collection, was a judge's nominee for the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry. Her memoir, Tracing Paradise: Two Years in Harmony with John Milton, won the 2010 Maine Literary Award in Nonfiction, and she has also received grants and fellowships from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Writer's Center, and the Maine Arts Commission. Her poems and essays have appeared in the Beloit Poetry Journal, the Sewanee Review, the Threepenny Review, the Times Literary Supplement, and many other journals in the United States and abroad.

Dawn's fourth collection of poetry, Chestnut Ridge, is forthcoming in 2019.

In addition to writing, editing, and teaching, Dawn sings and plays fiddle, most recently with the band Doughty Hill. She lives in Portland, Maine, with photographer Thomas Birtwistle.