Category Archives: Readings

Photos from Mass Poetry Festival Reading

Just back from the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, where we had a truly Incredible Sestina Reading. Thanks to January Gill O’Neil, the festival director who put together a terrific weekend, all the Mass Poetry staff who were completely helpful, as well as everyone who came!

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A group selfie after the reading. From left: Lewis Turco, our barnstormer who came the day after his 80th birthday, Ravi Shankar, Michael Costello, and yours truly.

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That’s Mr. Turco, who read “The Vision” and a new sestina.

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Victor D. Infante read his sestina and Anis Mojgani’s. In the foreground is Jade Sylvan, who read her “Facebook Sestina” and one of her slash sestinas on Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.

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Michael Costello read his own sestina and David Lehman’s “Operation Memory.”

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Michael Costello’s pants.

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Michael, Victor, and Lewis.

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That’s Ravi Shankar, who read Shanna Compton’s “The Remarried Again Sestina” and another sestina of his own. In the foreground is the terrific Peter Jay Shippy, who read his sestina and another by Denise Duhamel in the book.

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There were rows and rows of these at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Come to An Incredible Sestina Reading at the Mass Poetry Festival on May 3!


There’s going to be An Incredible Sestina Reading at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, which takes place in Salem, MA on May 2-4. Here’s the direct link to tell the world you’re going.

The readers/panelists will include myself, Michael Costello, Vincent D. Infante, Ravi Shankar, Peter Jay Shippy, and Jade Sylvan. We will read sestinas from The Incredible Sestina Anthology, some others, and hopefully people will write some sestinas right there on the spot. Because that’s how we will roll.

Our event takes place from 1:30pm-2:30pm, on Saturday, May 3, 2014, in the Peabody Essex Museum’s Bartlett Gallery.

An Incredible Sestina Anthology Reading!
1:30pm-2:30pm, May, 3 2014
Peabody Essex Museum, Bartlett Gallery

161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

Description: The sestina is one of the world’s oldest literary forms. It’s also one of the most tricked-out and wacky: six words appear at the end of 39 lines over the course of six, six-line stanzas and a three-line finale. Since it was invented 700 years ago, people keep writing them. Why? Because of the challenge it presents poets to experiment with a six-pack of words and a spiral-based secret code hidden inside. Join us as contributors from The Incredible Sestina Anthology (Write Bloody 2013) read their contributions to the first ever book to collect examples of this mysterious and malleable form that has grown more popular, even trendy, in modern times. Poets will also read another piece by a different author in the anthology. Hosted by Daniel Nester.
track:  Panel Discussion


It took us a lot of work – at least it took January O’Neil and our interns a lot of work! And it will take you one more step than it took you last year if you signed up for the Festival. You will have

Worcester, MA Launch for The Incredible Sestina Anthology!

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The Incredible Sestina Anthology takes its road show to Worcester, Massachusetts, home of one of the most intriguing cross-species love affair-commemorating public statuary in North America. Details below.

Sunday, April 6, 7pm
Featuring Daniel Nester, Victor D. Infante, and other contributors to the anthology, along with special guest sestina readings from local poets, including Lea Deschenes, Heather Macpherson and Jenith Charpentier.
Nick’s Restaurant and Bar (as recently seen in the movie American Hustle)
124 Millbury St., Worcester, MA 01610
Preceded by TISA contributor Victor D. Infante reading T.S. Eliot for The Hangover Hour at 5pm
Facebook event page

The Incredible Sestina Anthology Comes to Seattle!



If you’re in Seattle, come out this Thursday to LUCID, a cool jazz club that will be filled with Sestina Masters. It’s free and it’s a Stranger pick. Just sayin’.

Photos from Book Cellar Reading in Chicago, February 21, 2014















Photos from the NYU Bookstore Reading, February 19, 2014

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New School Poetry Forum Presents Incredible Sestina Anthology Editor February 4



Editor of The Incredible Sestina Anthology, Daniel Nester, will read from the book and speak about sestinas at The New School’s Poetry forum on Tuesday, February  4,

Moderated by David Lehman, poetry coordinator at the School of Writing, a contributor to the anthology, and poet, critic, and series editor of The Best American Poetry series.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:30 pm
Klein Conference Room (Room A510), Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
66 West 12th Street
Sponsored by the School of Writing.
$5; free to all students and New School faculty, staff, and alumni with ID.