Daniel Nester

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Daniel Murlin Nester (born February 29, 1968 in Portsmouth, Virginia) is an American writer, editor, and poet.


Nester was raised in Maple Shade Township, New Jersey.[1] He attended high school at Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and college at Rutgers University-Camden. He is currently am Assistant Professor of English at The College of Saint Rose,[2] in Albany, New York, where he also curates the popular Frequency North reading series.[3]


Nester is the author of two books about the musical group Queen, and his obsession with them: God Save My Queen: A Tribute[4] and God Save My Queen II: The Show Must Go On.[5] His other nonfiction work has appeared in numerous anthologies on gaming, poetry, and rock and roll.


His first book of poetry is The History of My World Tonight.[6] His poetry has appeared in jubilat, Crazyhorse, Open City, Slope, Spoon River Poetry Review, Best American Poetry 2003, Poets & Writers, Time Out New York, and Bookslut.

Editing and publishing[edit]

Nester published and edited the now-defunct online journal Unpleasant Event Schedule, and served as Assistant Web Editor for Sestinas for McSweeney’s.[7] In the past he has edited for La Petite Zine, Ducky and Painted Bride Quarterly. He also served as editor and wrote the foreword to Words In Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam Movement."[8]


  1. ^ Friedman, Sally. "OPINION: Sorry for not saying, 'sorry'", Princeton Packet, January 14, 2013. Accessed February 3, 2013. "In a recent issue of n+1 Magazine, a forum for social and political commentary, former Maple Shade resident/writer Daniel Nester reflected on that infamous incident."
  2. ^ http://www.strose.edu/Academic_Programs/School_of_Arts_and_Humanities/English/english_ug.asp College of St. Rose's English Department website
  3. ^ http://www.strose.edu/Visitors/frequencynorth/frequencynorth.asp Frequency North website
  4. ^ Nester, Daniel. (2003). God Save My Queen: A Tribute. Soft Skull Press, 140. ISBN 978-1-887128-27-8.
  5. ^ Nester, Daniel. (2004). God Save My Queen II: The Show Must Go On. Soft Skull Press, 140. ISBN 978-1-932360-51-6.
  6. ^ Nester, Daniel. (2006). The History of My World Tonight. BlazeVOX Books, 140. ISBN 978-1-934289-02-0.
  7. ^ Nester, Daniel. "Confessions of a Sestinas Editor." Poets & Writers. January/February 2005. Retrieved on 2009-03-17.
  8. ^ Aptowicz, Cristin O'Keefe. (2008). Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam. New York City: Soft Skull Press, 288. ISBN 1-933368-82-9.

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