Events and Readings


I love doing readings, talks, workshops, questions and answers, book clubs. If you want me to visit and read, drop be a line at danielnester at gmail dot com!

Upcoming Events

Pete’s Big Salmon Reading Series. Featuring Tai Allen, Nicole Callihan, Terence Degnan, and Daniel Nester. Pete’s Candy Store, Brooklyn, NY. 709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211.


Selected Past Readings and Events

St. Rocco’s Reading for the Falsely Accused, Albany, NY, February 19, 2017.

Albany Sonic Arts Collective, UAG Gallery, Albany, October 19, 2016.

Riverine Reading, Hudson River Coffee House, Albany, NY, September 15, 2016.

Hot August Night Reading, Spotty Dog Books, Hudson, NY, August 26, 2016.

Welcome to Boog City Festival, August 5, 2016.

Pete’s Reading Series, Pete’s Candy Store, Brooklyn, NY, May 19, 2016.

“An Evening of Poetry and Prose,” Hudson River Coffee House, April 16, 2016.

The Voyager Record Reading, Northshire Books, Saratoga, NY, April 7, 2016.

Siena College, as Visiting Writer, March 8, 2016.

Sundays at Erv’s Reading Series, Brooklyn, NY, January 10, 2016.

Volume Reading Series, Spotty Dog Books, Hudson, NY, December 12, 2016.

Real Characters Reading Series, McNally Jackson Books, New York, NY, December 8, 2015.

The Spiral Staircase Bookstore, Philadelphia, PA, December 5, 2015.

Tire Fire Readings, Tattooed Mom, Philadelphia, PA, November 19, 2015.

Animal Farm Reading Series, Over the Eight, Brooklyn, NY, November 17, 2015.

How I Learned Reading Series, Union Hall, Brooklyn, NY, September 30, 2015.

“An Evening with Local Writers,” Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY, September 18, 2015.

Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Incredible Sestina Anthology panel/reading, May 2, 2014.

Incredible Sestina Anthology launch readings at NYU, Cambridge, New School Poetry Forum, Philadelphia, Chicago, Albany, Off-Site Reading AWP Seattle 2014 in Seattle.

AWP Boston 2013: Off-Side Readings at Festival of Language, Launch for Old Flame: The First Ten Years of 32 Poems, and Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine.

Real Characters Comedy and Storytelling Series, McNally Jackson Bookstore, New York, NY, January 9, 2014.

AWP Chicago 2012: Off-Site Readings at Seven Ultra Lounge, The Horseshoe, The Rock Bottom, March 2012.

Sunday Salon Reading Series, New York, NY, February 19, 2012.

Free Range Nonfiction, New York, NY January 4, 2012.

Hudson Loft Reading Series, Hudson, NY November 2011, 2013.

Robin’s Books/Moonstone Arts Center, Philadelphia, September 27, 2011.

Emory University’s What’s New in Poetry series, Atlanta, GA, September 15, 2011.

Clayton State University, Visiting Writers Series, Atlanta, GA, September 14, 2011.

PANK Invasion Reading, Pete’s Candy Store, Brooklyn, NY, July 21, 2011

Word Up Pop-Up Bookstore reading, New York, NY, July 10, 2011.

4th Annual Suffolk County Community College Creative Writing Festival: A Celebration of Teaching and Writing, featured writer, Selden, New York, May 7, 2011.

Empire State Book Festival, panelist/reader for Best American Poetry talk, April 2011.

Kugelmass humor magazine reading, KGB Bar, New York, NY, April 13, 2011.

Powell’s Books, Portland, OR, January 2010.

Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood reading, Mo Pitkins, New York, December 2006, Happy Ending, 2009.

What I Learned Reading Series, New York, 2010.

KGB Poetry Series, New York, NY, December 2008.

Welcome to Boog City Festival, Sidewalk Café, New York, NY, September 2008.

Reading Between A & B Tenth Anniversary Reading, New York, NY, January 2008.

Caffe Lena, Saratoga, NY, December 2007.

32 Poems reading, Brooklyn, NY, December 2006.

Reading Between A & B Reading Series, New York, 2001, 2003, October 2006.

The Open City Reading Series, KGB Bar, New York, April 2006.

The Center for Book Arts, Center Broadside Reading Series, March 2005.

New Year’s Day Marathon Reading, The Poetry Project, 2004, 2005.

KGB Nonfiction Series, September 2004.

Boston Poetry Massacre, Wordsworth Books, July 2004.

Iowa State University, November 2003.

Penn State Emerging Writers Series, November 2003.

70 poets @ MIT reading, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, April 2003.

LIT launch reading, New School University, April 2003.

KGB Reading Series, curated by David Lehman and Star Black, March 2003.

Kelly Writers House, Local Spotlight, 2000, 2003.

Open City reading, Whitney Museum of Art, June 2002.

Called Back: A Marathon Reading of Emily Dickinson, June 2002.

Wax Poetic Series, Pete’s Candy Store, Brooklyn, NY, 2002, 2003.

Dixon Place “Writers on the Ledge” series, 2002.


Conference Presentations and Panels

“Strangers in the Night: Poets on Music, Music on Poetry,” Hoboken Public Library, Hoboken, NJ, October 18, 2015.

Festival of Language, AWP off-site event, Minneapolis, MN, April 8, 2015.

Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Incredible Sestina Anthology panel/reading, May 2, 2014.

“Michael Martone was born in Fort Wayne, IN: Or, Having a Gimmick Helps,” panelist, Associated Writing Programs Conference, Chicago, March 2012.

Planning committee for Write Here! One-Day Conference for Writing and Publishing in the Capital Region, March 10, 2011; also organized and chaired panel on publishing and submitting work.

“Google Me: MySpace, Metrics, and Electronic Magazines,” panelist, Associated Writing Programs Conference, Chicago, 2009.

“Memoir and the Tightrope of True-ish-isms,” panelist and “Twenty Years of New York City Slam: A Guided Tour Through Gotham’s Competitive Poetry Scenes,” chair, Associated Writing Programs Conference, New York, 2008.

“Grassroots Marketing,” panelist, LWC}NYC: Literary Writers Conference}New York City, New School University, Saturday, November 10, 2007.

“Losing Our  Linebreaks (and Cashing the Cow): Genre-Crossing and Creative Nonfiction” and “Do I Have to Work the Bookfair?: A Look at the Art of Self Marketing in the Publishing World,” Associated Writing Programs Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2007.

“Selling What You Write: Breaking into Freelancing” and “Publishing Poetry in Literary Magazines,” 412: Creative Nonfiction Festival, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, November 2006.

“Genre in Drag: Writing the Experimental Essay,” Penn Writers’ Conference, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, October 2006.

“Poetry, Politics, and Publishing Panel Discussion,” Hudson All LIT Up Festival, Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), Hudson Opera House, March 2006.

“Online Literary Journals,” Penn Writers’ Conference, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, September 2005.

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Camden, NJ, Poetry workshop faculty, Rutgers-Camden Spring Writers Conference, 2003.

“From Racter to Spielberg: Artificial Intelligence and Poetry,” Associated Writing Programs Conference, Baltimore, MD, February 28, 2003.

“The Ridiculous Mouse: The Poem and The Internet,” Electronic Communications Association Conference, New York, April 27, 2002.

“Print Journals vs. Online Journals,” Associated Writing Programs Conference, New Orleans, March 2002.



Reading Series and Events I’ve Curated and Organized

Frequency North: The Visiting Writers Series at The College of Saint Rose, curator and coordinator, 2005-2015.

Behind the Egg: A Reading Series, Albany, NY, 2006-2008.

Karaoke + Poetry = Fun Reading Series, curator and coordinator, Bowery Poetry Club, New York NY 2001-2004; Hudson, NY, 2005, 2006.

Soft Skull Press Frequency Reading Series, Brooklyn, NY 2001-2004.

Painted Bride Quarterly @ NYC Reading Series, Brooklyn, NY 1999-2000.