Just up on Poetry Foundation: “Behind the Sound,” on W. Bliem Kern’s Meditations. Here are some bonus materials.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Just up on Poetry Foundation’s website is my appreciation of Meditations, W. Bliem Kern’s sound poetry book/cassette collection from 1974, which I have held onto for years as a private inspiration. Read the piece here.

Above: a slide show of images I collected in my research, and a few snapshots from visiting Kern in his Upper West  Side apartment last winter.

I recorded Kern perform a number of poems in his apartment. “Vulcan” is linked in the piece itself, but I have a bunch more. Below is a link to a SoundCloud collection I made with most of the performances.

Leave a comment

Filed under Shameless Self-Promotion

I’m reading tonight in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

11031162_1159861810705882_6095799701879305187_n

It’s my Twin Cities reading debut! Well, I did read as part of a job interview in St. Paul, but that’s another story.

Anyway, I’m reading tonight, across the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, as part of #AWP15 Festival of Language. There are several sets and I’m part of the last, 8:30pm set tonight. Lots of other cool writers, too.

Details here. Say hi to me if you are there. Or just say hi in the comments.

Comments Off on I’m reading tonight in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Filed under Shameless Self-Promotion

Just up on Medium’s Human Parts: “The Long Good Friday.”

doc4da6f8c5e3fe70769922261

Several lifetimes ago, I was an ardent Catholic. I was an altar boy, a church janitor’s helper, a bible reader. I prayed every night and went to confession and defended my faith and went on day trips with priests.

I would say the high point was playing Jesus in my church Passion Play. That above photo is from a more recent production.  I remember it fondly now, and tell the story in my new book. Shader.

Here’s an excerpt, just up today, on Medium’s Human Parts.

William F. Buckley makes a cameo.

 

 

 

 

Comments Off on Just up on Medium’s Human Parts: “The Long Good Friday.”

Filed under Shader: 99 Notes on Grief, Car Washes, Making Out in Church, and Other Unlearnable Subjects, Shameless Self-Promotion

Sign up for Daniel Nester Shameless Self-Promotion Disguised as Newsletter Email List!

Queen45s

If you were an avid listener to the Serial podcast, you heard those super advertorial MailChimp ads at the beginning of each episode. It wasn’t too long after that I started getting invitations to sign up for people’s email lists–writers and artist friends who like to keep in contact with their audiences. They all used MailChimp, an email newsletter web app.

Well, I’ve joined those ranks. I like writing to people and I have some things coming out soon, so why not join the MailChimp ranks?

Update: Well, it turns out MailChimp is for corporate people, or tech-heads, or whatever. It’s way too complicated. So I’ve switched to TinyLetter, which is owned by MailChimp, but is more for, like, human beings.

I’m calling it what it is: Daniel Nester’s Shameless Self-Promotion Disguised as Newsletter. I was going to call it a DanZine, but that’s a little too cute.

Sign up at tinyletter.com/danielnester.

I promise I won’t fill up your mailbox with a million things. I’ll send weekly emails at most, probably once a month.

 

Comments Off on Sign up for Daniel Nester Shameless Self-Promotion Disguised as Newsletter Email List!

Filed under Shameless Self-Promotion

“He plays music by the book”: article on Adrian Butler, Rutgers-Camden pianist and library staffer.

Gleaner Scans 007

 

I loved writing news features. This one was actually for the Rutgers-Camden magazine, I think? It was also a press release, and then it ran in various freebie papers around South Jersey. I thought I’d hit it big. What I remember is how Barbara, the head of public relations, edited it, and I rewrote it, and edited it, over and over. At the time I thought it was because I was a horrible writer, but now I know she needed it to be perfect, and I needed it to be an article. Barbara was beyond generous to me, I know now. And I loved Adrian Butler. I worked at the library shelving books and Adrian, who was a serials assistant, regarded me as a real writer.

Comments Off on “He plays music by the book”: article on Adrian Butler, Rutgers-Camden pianist and library staffer.

Filed under Shader Outtakes, Shader: 99 Notes on Grief, Car Washes, Making Out in Church, and Other Unlearnable Subjects