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Daniel Murlin Nester (born February 29, 1968 in Portsmouth, Virginia), known as Daniel Nester, is a writer, editor, and poet.



Daniel Nester (born Daniel Murlin Nester) was raised in Maple Shade Township, New Jersey. His father, Michael Nester, is a truck driver and member of the Teamsters labor union from Tucson, Arizona. His mother, Patricia Little, is a secretary from Maple Shade, New Jersey.

He attended Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill Township, New Jersey, and entered Rutgers University's Camden Campus, or Rutgers-Camden. He is currently am Assistant Professor of English at The College of Saint Rose[1], in Albany, New York, where he also curates the popular Frequency North reading series.[2].


Nester is the author of two books about the musical group Queen, and his obsession with them: God Save My Queen: A Tribute[3] and God Save My Queen II: The Show Must Go On[4]. 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[5]. 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

Nester published and edited the now-defunct online journal Unpleasant Event Schedule, and served as Assistant Web Editor for Sestinas for McSweeney’s.[6] 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."[7]

Selected bibliography




Book Reviews


  1. ^ College of St. Rose's English Department website
  2. ^ Frequency North website
  3. ^ Nester, Daniel. (2003). God Save My Queen: A Tribute. Soft Skull Press, 140. ISBN 978-1887128278.
  4. ^ Nester, Daniel. (2004). God Save My Queen II: The Show Must Go On. Soft Skull Press, 140. ISBN 978-1932360516.
  5. ^ Nester, Daniel. (2006). The History of My World Tonight. BlazeVOX Books, 140. ISBN 978-1934289020.
  6. ^ Nester, Daniel. "Confessions of a Sestinas Editor." Poets & Writers. January/February 2005. Retrieved on 2009-03-17.
  7. ^ 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 1-933-36882-9.

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