Daniel Nester

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer

The College of Saint Rose Department of English
Albany, NY 12203
Phone: 
515-330-6367
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Author's Bio

Daniel Nester is the author most recently of the memoir Shader: 99 Notes on Car Washes, Making Out in Church, Grief, and Other Unlearnable Subjects (99: The Press 2015). His previous books include How to Be Inappropriate, a collection of humorous nonfiction (Soft Skull Press 2010), and The Incredible Sestina Anthology (Write Bloody 2013), which he edited. His first two books, God Save My Queen: A Tribute (Soft Skull, 2003) and God Save My Queen II: The Show Must Go On (2004), are collections on his obsession with the rock band Queen. His third, The History of My World Tonight (BlazeVOX, 2006). As a journalist and essayist, his work has appeared in a variety of places, such as American Poetry Review, New York Times, BuzzFeed, Electric Literature, The Atlantic online, and the Poetry Foundation website, and anthologized in such collections as Lost and Found, The Best American Poetry, The Best Creative Nonfiction, Third Rail: The Poetry of Rock and Roll, and Now Write! Nonfiction. His poems have appeared in such journals as Love's Executive Order, Shampoo, Gulf Coast, Barrow Street, Crazyhorse, Spoon River Poetry Review, and other places. He is the former editor of the online journals Unpleasant Event Schedule and La Petite Zine and worked as Assistant Web Editor for Sestinas for McSweeney's Internet Tendency. He is an associate professor of English at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Anthology:
The Best Creative Nonfiction, Vol. 1 (Norton, 2008)
Books:
Shader: 99 Notes on Car Washes, Making Out in Church, Grief, and Other Unlearnable Subjects (99: The Press, 2015)
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How to Be Inappropriate (Soft Skull Press, 2009)
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The History of My World Tonight (BlazeVOX books, 2006)
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God Save My Queen II: The Show Must Go On (Soft Skull Press, 2004)
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God Save My Queen: A Tribute (Soft Skull Press, 2003)

Poetry

Anthologies:
Best American Poetry 2003 (Scribner, 2003)
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Isn't It Romantic? 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets (Verse Press, 2003)
Journals:
Barrow Street
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Columbia Poetry Review
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Good Foot
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Open City

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
White
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Any, At Risk Youth, Homelessness, Illness/Wellness, Incarcerated individuals, Mental Health, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Portsmouth, VA
Virginia
Raised in: 
Maple Shade, NJ
New Jersey
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Last update: May 21, 2019