Daniel Nester is the author of How to Be Inappropriate, described as “a deeply funny collection of booger-flecked nonfiction” in Time Out New York, which was published by Soft Skull Press in 2010. He is editor of The Incredible Sestina Anthology, published by Write Bloody in 2013. Nester’s first two books, God Save My Queen: A Tribute (Soft Skull, 2003) and God Save My Queen II: The Show Must Go On (2004), are collections on his obsession with the rock band Queen. His third, The History of My World Tonight (BlazeVOX, 2006), is a collection of poems. His most recent book is Shader: 99 Notes on Car Washes, Making Out in Church, Grief, and Other Unlearnable Subjects (99: The Press 2015).
As a journalist and essayist, his work has appeared in a variety of places, such as Salon, The New York Times, The Morning News, The Daily Beast, The Rumpus, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and the Poetry Foundation website. His work has been 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. Currently, He is an associate professor of English at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.
Press & Reviews
Shader affectingly explores youthful pain without retroactive adult resentments of the sort that can curdle into self-pity. Wit is the author’s default instead.
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 an environment that seems stifling and rich with characters all at once is well-worn literary territory that Nester manages to make seem completely new…and familiar to our own experiences.
Not since Bruce Springsteen has a man so eloquently immortalized and rendered fascinating a subsection of New Jersey while also excavating his own soul.
Nester takes us on the ride of his life, and we uncover pieces of ourselves along the way…an engaging read.
—Billy Squier, singer/songwriter
My God! What would we do without Daniel Nester’s irreverence, obsessions and bizarre and wonderful charm. The book you hold in your hands is fantastic.
—Darcey Steinke, author of Sister Golden Hair and Easter Everywhere
Shader is that rare book that manages to be hilarious, poetic, insightful, and compulsively readable all at the same time. Daniel Nester has the gifts to turn a time, a town, into both a dream and a place that feels like home, with some of the most potent characters I can think of in recent literature. I couldn’t put it down.
—Paul Lisicky, author of The Narrow Door and Famous Builder