Just out in the New York Times: The Sound of Philadelphia Fades Out



“The Sound of Philadelphia Fades Out,” an article on the Philadelphia/South Jersey accent, was in the Sunday Review section of The New York Times yesterday. Yes, you read that right. Hopefully you weren’t completely freaked out reading about the beauty of yous guys and nuyce–which I had been spelling as youse guys and noice all these years–and instead enjoyed my meditation of an lamentations overthe absence in movies of the accent I share with millions of other Delaware Valley inhabitants.

Here’s the direct link, youse guys. Share it with yer frens. Ya nowe?


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Your official #AWP14 bingo card



February 23, 2014 · 10:50 pm

Tonight in New York City: Sestinas at NYU!

NYU FlyerThe Incredible Sestina Anthology tour comes to NYU!


It’s all going down tonight, February 19, at the NYU Bookstore!

The NYU Bookstore is located on 726 Broadway, in New York, New York 10003!

They made a flyer and everything!

Come promptly at 6pm! Or come later!

Hosted by me, Daniel Nester!

With readings from Paul Muldoon, Scott Edward Anderson, Patricia Carlin, Sharon Mesmer, Drew Garnder, Victor D. Infante, Jason Schneiderman, Carley Moore,and special guests!

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Monday, February 10: The Incredible Sestina Anthology tour comes to Cambridge!

Flyers General Blank

The readings so far have been pretty incredible–we’ll be posting photos and maybe a video or two at the Best American Poetry Blog in the days to come. These are truly one-of-a-kind readings–believe you me, all-sestina readings don’t happen too often.

Monday, February, 10 2014 | 7pm
The Incredible Sestina Anthology comes to Cambridge, MA!
Meg Kearney, Michael Costello, Stephen Burt, Ravi Shankar, Jade Sylvan, Ethan Paquin, and others TBA
Middlesex Lounge
315 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
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And if you’re not in Boston-Cambridge-Brookline-outlying areas of Beantown, we’re coming back to New York City for the NYU Bookstore on February 19, and Chicago’s Book Cellar on February 21. And then we come descend upon Seattle at LUCID Lounge on February 27. If these links do not work, then go over to the Events page at IncredibleSestinas.com.


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Coming February 1 and February 4: Sestina book launch, Poetry Forum at New School


February is a big month for me, shameless self-promotion-wise at least, and it all begins with two dates coming up in New York City. Here are the details.

Saturday, February 1 at 3pm will be The Incredible Sestina Anthology Launch Reading at Poets House, down in the Battery Park area at 10 River Terrace, New York, NY 10282. There are so many awesome poets coming to read sestinas you don’t even know. OK, I guess I’ll let you know: It really is an all-star cavalcade of sestina masters: David Lehman, Sharon Mesmer, Sparrow, Jade Sylvan, Victor Infante, Marilyn Nelson, Patricia Carlin, Sharon Dolin, Scott Edward Anderson, Michael Costello, Jason Schneiderman, Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Jenna Cardinale, Brendan Lorber, Ned Rust, and others. The event is free and you should come.

Then, on Tuesday, February 4 at 6:30pm, I’ll be reading from The Incredible Sestina Anthology and talking with David Lehman at The New School’s Poets Forum. Klein Conference Room (Room A510), Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY. Please come for what promises to be a great discussion about sestinas, anthology-making, and a few surprises. The event is free and you really should come.

More details about both of these events are at http://www.incrediblesestinas.com.

Coming up: Cambridge on February 10, NYU Bookstore on February 19, Chicago on February 21, and then Seattle on Februrary 27.

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A special deal if you buy The Incredible Sestina Anthology now!


You knew this post was coming, didn’t you? The holiday shopping season is ramping up, and I’ve got my final grades in, and there’s a book to pimp.

Well, guess what? Here it goes. Fasten your seatbelts; it’s going to be a bumpy blog post.

This book, The Incredible Sestina Anthology? It’s beautiful. Over 300 pages. No one has named it yet, but it’s the best poetry anthology to come out in 2013. It has a good chunk of canonical sestinas from American poets, as well as some super-dynamite contemporary poets’ sestinas. It lists for $25 dollars.

For the poet-friend in your life, or the creative type who is looking for a new form for their work, or general inspiration, this is the book to get them this year. Buy it for your doorman or the precocious teenager. Wherever you buy it, be it Powell’s, Amazon, an indie store, or from the publisher, Write Bloody Publishing, the recipient will not be disappointed.

It slices. It dices. It juliennes. It spirals. It sestina-fies anything you put inside of it.

butwait2That’s right. There’s more. If you send me a photo of you with the book before you wrap it up for a present–or perhaps you’re buying it for yourself, some selfish retail therapy; either way, it’s good–and I’ll write you a poem. And not just any poem–I will write you a crappy sestina. That’s right–I will craft you a rushed, crappy sestina, inspired in part by the photo you send and whatever else is going on in my brain. The turnaround time will be 24 hours from the time you send me the photo to danielnester at gmail. I’ll mail you a hand-written sestina as well as a digital copy.

This offer expires on December 20, because by then I will be so overwhelmed writing crappy sestinas, I will need a break.

If you’ve read this far you must really want to get the book. So get it! Buy multiple fucking copies! And get your Incredible Sestina Anthology and crappy sestina today!

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I’ll be reading for OPP series on November 17.




Sunday, November 17, 2013
O.P.P.: Other People’s Poetry
featuring Daniel Nester reading from The Incredible Sestina Anthology
Social Justice Center
33 Central Ave
Albany, NY 12202
Sponsored by The Social Justice Center
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This November 17, in Albany, I’ll be reading from The Incredible Sestina Anthology at a new-ish series called OPP: Other People’s Poetry (or prose).

The format: how can I explain it? The format of the series is that you read other people’s work.

That’s cheating, you might say. Well, I say it’s special kind of business.

When you come to the reading’s location, the Social Justice Center, it won’t be a girlfriend’s or a cousin’s house. 

The address is 33 Central Avenue, in Albany. It all starts at 6pm. When it ends, I won’t–and I promise–say you have to leave, to grab your coat, right now you gotta go.

I will also not look you to the stairs and to the stair window.

I may ask everyone what is a five-letter word that rhymes with cleanness and meanness. So be ready with an answer to the question. Yeah, you know me.


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