About

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Hey there. I’m not sure how you got here to my website, but welcome! What do I look like? That’s a photo of me to the right, taken by my friend Matthew Klein.

The photo was taken in Upstate New York, where I have lived for more than 12 years after moving north from Brooklyn. But let me start at the beginning.

I grew up in Maple Shade, a small town in South Jersey. My dad was a truck driver and my mom a part-time secretary. I write about growing up there in my latest book, Shader. I went to Catholic school for 12 years. We’re talking altar boy, the sacraments, saying the rosary, the works. I started working when I was 12, first as a janitor’s helper, then a car washer through high school. I bought a lot of records.

I didn’t go far away to college: Rutgers-Camden is about eight miles from my house. I was an English major. I lived there for four years, then moved to Philly for a couple lost years before escaping to New York City to attend NYU’s creative writing program for poetry. After grad school, I kept writing poems, published some poems, did readings, and eventually, miraculously, published my first book, God Save My Queen, a prose poetry/memoir that includes a piece for every song recorded by the rock band Queen up until 1982. Then I did a sequel, God Save My Queen II. (You might say I’m a big fan.)

At some point in there, I started writing essays, more journalism, medical journalism, reviews, interviews and profiles. Oh, I almost forgot: all the while in New York City, I edited literary journals–Painted Bride Quarterly, La Petite Zine, Unpleasant Event Schedule, and McSweeney’s sestinas section. Oh, also: I was teaching as an adjunct at places like NYU, Hofstra, The New School. Then I was hired at The College of Saint Rose in Albany. Since then, I started a successful reading series called Frequency North, serve as founding editor of Pine Hills Review, the college’s literary journal, and worked on more essays and journalism and poems. I’ve edited an anthology of sestinas, a book of poems, and a collection of essays.

I’m married to Maisie Weissman, an Emmy-nominated music and film editor who has worked with Spike Lee for years and now edits TV shows. We have two daughters, Miriam and Beatrice, who fill our house with Barbie dolls and drawings.

I think that’s it. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Bio, the shortest version, written in the third person.

Daniel Nester is the author of Shader: 99 Notes on Car Washes, Making Out in Church, Grief, and Other Unlearnable Subjects. He teaches writing at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.

Bio, the less short version, also written in the third person.

Daniel Nester is the author of Shader: 99 Notes on Car Washes, Making Out in Church, Grief, and Other Unlearnable Subjects (99: The Press, 2015), How to Be Inappropriate (Soft Skull, 2010), and God Save My Queen I and II (Soft Skull, 2003 and 2004), and editor of The Incredible Sestina Anthology (Write Bloody, 2014). He teaches writing at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.

Bio, pretentious version, also in third person.

Daniel Nester is an essayist, poet, journalist, editor, teacher, and Queen fan. His latest book is a memoir, Shader: 99 Notes on Car Washes, Making Out in Church, Grief, and Other Unlearnable Subjects. Previous books include How to Be Inappropriate, God Save My Queen I and II, and The Incredible Sestina Anthology, which he edited.

Bio, the less short version, also written, again, in the third person.

Daniel Nester is the author most recently of Shader: 99 Notes on Car Washes, Making Out in Church, Grief, and Other Unlearnable Subjects. His previous books include How to Be Inappropriate (Soft Skull, 2010), God Save My Queen I and II, and The Incredible Sestina Anthology, which he edited. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Buzzfeed, The Atlantic, and the Poetry Foundation website, and collected in Best American Poetry,  Third Rail: The Poetry of Rock and Roll, and Now Write! Nonfiction. He is associate professor of English at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.

Bio, the rather long-winded version, written in the third person.

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. His previous books include How to Be Inappropriate, a collection of humorous nonfiction, and The Incredible Sestina Anthology, which he edited. His first two books, God Save My Queen: A Tribute and God Save My Queen II: The Show Must Go On, are collections on his obsession with the rock band Queen. His third, The History of My World Tonight, is a book of poems.

As a journalist and essayist, his work has appeared in a variety of places, such as Salon, New York Times, Buzzfeed, The Atlantic, 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 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. He is an associate professor of English at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.

Contact information, written in the first person.

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.

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