AWP, that annual meeting of the writers, teachers, publishers, and MFA programs, takes place in our nation’s capital, Washington, DC. Like many others, I feel conflicted even entering the area code … Continue readingI’ll be going to AWP in Washington, DC. Perhaps I will see you there?
Speaking of podcasts, I talked with writer/editor Dan Higgins about Shader for hew new Dan Reads Books podcast. I had fun digging into discussions on writing, the retrospective voice, interviewing family members for research, … Continue readingListen to me speak on the Dan Reads Books podcast.
Here’s a photo of a display at today’s New England Book Show, where Shader was selected as a committee’s pick. Thanks and shout-out to Shader designer Colleeen Cole for the photo!
I accepted a double date invitation from Bruce Chace to go to Cherry Hill East’s junior prom. There’s no other way to put it: Bruce was swishy. He wore immaculately … Continue readingJust up on Ohio Edit: “Notes on Purple Rain.”
Hey. This has been on the schedule for some time now on the ole Events page, but I wanted to let people know that I’ll be reading at my beloved … Continue readingHey Williamsburg: I’m reading at Pete’s Candy Store on May 19!
Got some good news en route to AWP last week and am only getting around to announcing it here: Shader has been nominated for a Firecracker Award! The Firecrackers have been … Continue readingShader nominated as 2016 Firecracker Award Finalist!
The National Book Critics Circle has this great website called Critical Mass, and I’m thrilled to have an essay published there are part of their “Second Thoughts” series, where authors … Continue readingJust up on Critical Mass: Second Thoughts on The Good Bad Boy.
Check it out! Shader lands at #2 for Small Press Distribution’s bestseller list for October-December 2015. And that’s only after being released on November 15. Thanks to everyone for supporting, … Continue readingShader #2 on Small Press Distribution Bestseller List!
Sundays at Erv’s is a nifty newish series in Brooklyn, my old home, and I am happy to take part in this event. So if you’re around, and you like words, … Continue readingI’m reading Sunday, January 10 at Erv’s in Brooklyn!
Philly poet Chris McCreary asked me some questions over at The Fanzine. FANZINE: This book clearly had a long gestation period. At what point did you know that these various … Continue reading“The Handgun’s in the Mail”: an interview at The Fanzine.
SHADER Daniel Nester 99: The Press, 2015, $16 Not since Bruce Springsteen has a man so eloquently immortalized and rendered fascinating a subsection of New Jersey while also excavating his … Continue readingShader reviewed in Chronogram’s Holiday Gift Guide.
Other than knowing what we are getting absolutely everyone for the holidays now, Shader’s biggest impact upon us is how utterly relatable it is. The experiences with finding oneself amidst … Continue readingShader Makes Philebrity’s Recommended Reading.
Did you read that headline? Read it again. I have a PUNK PERSPECTIVE! As Fear’s Lee Ving says in The Decline of Western Civilization, “yous all suck–who don’t think so?” … Continue reading“Professor’s book looks back with a punk perspective” in Daily Gazette.
Around Maple Shade, people still refer to me as “Meri Nester’s brother.” Meredith Ann Nester’s look perfectly suited the early-1980s: long, blonde hair (enhanced by Sun-In), Bongo jeans from Merry-Go-Round, … Continue readingJust up on The Nervous Breakdown: Shader excerpt and Self-Interview!
Writer Daniel Nester says that if he gets a bit full of himself, “a little ‘Shader’ appears on my shoulder to cut through the pretension.” “Shader” is South Jersey-speak for … Continue reading“Made in the S. Jersey Shade”: Article on Shader in Philly Inquirer.
Wednesday, January 1, 1992. I greet the New Year from Derek’s cold concrete floor on East 37th Street. Black drapes enshroud the place in darkness and silence, save red lights … Continue readingJust up on the Best American Poetry blog: Notes on the Poetry Project, January 1, 1992.