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Third-person bio: the short version.

Daniel Nester is the author of Shader: 99 Notes on Car Washes, Grief, Making Out in Church, and Other Unlearnable Subjects, which is due from 99: The Press in 2015.  Other books include How to Be Inappropriate, God Save My Queen I and II, and The Incredible Sestina Anthology, which he edited. His writing has appeared in N+1 The New York TimesThe Morning NewsThe Daily Beast, Best American Poetry, Best Creative NonfictionThird Rail: The Poetry of Rock and Roll, and Now Write! Nonfiction.  He teaches writing at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.

Third-person bio: the long-winded version.

Daniel Nester is the author of Shader: 99 Notes on Car Washes, Grief, Making Out in Church, and Other Unlearnable Subjects, which is due from 99: The Press in 2015.  Other books include How to Be Inappropriate, described as “a deeply funny collection of booger-flecked nonfiction” in Time Out New York, which was published by Soft Skull Press in 2010. He is editor of The Incredible Sestina Anthology, published by Write Bloody in 2013. Nester’s 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), is a collection of poems.

As a journalist and essayist, his work has appeared in a variety of places, such as Salon, The New York TimesThe Morning News, The Daily Beast, The RumpusN+1, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and the Poetry Foundation website. His work has been anthologized in such collections as Lost and Found, The Best American PoetryThe Best Creative Nonfiction, Third Rail: The Poetry of Rock and Roll, and Now Write! Nonfiction. His poems have appeared in such journals as Coconut, Shampoo, Taint, Gulf Coast, Barrow Street, jubilat, Crazyhorse, Open City, Slope, 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. Currently, He is an associate professor of English at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, where he teaches creative nonfiction and poetry and is on the core faculty of their M.F.A. program in creative writing.

Contact information.

My primary email address is danielnester [at] gmail [dot] com. That’s the best way to contact me.

If you want to email me at my work address, it’s nesterd [at] strose [dot] edu. My phone number there is 518-454-2812.

I am represented by Thomas V. Hartmann, Sheree Bykofsky Associates, Inc., 215-847-6997.

To mail something directly to me–books for possible review, mix CDs, random gifts–send it to my address at work:

Daniel Nester
Associate Professor of English
The College of Saint Rose
432 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12203