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Robbi Nester

Current City, State, Country

Lake Forest, California, USA

Birth City, State, Country

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA


Robbi Nester is a poet, writer, and retired educator who lives and writes in Southern California. She is the author of four books of poetry—a chapbook, Balance (White Violet, 2012), and three collections—A Likely Story (Moon Tide, 2014), Other-Wise (Kelsay, 2017), and Narrow Bridge (Main Street Rag, 2019). She has also edited three anthologies of poetry, including The Liberal Media Made Me Do It! (Nine Toes, 2014), Birds, Beasts, and Trees (published as a special issue of Poemeleon poetry journal) and most recently, The Plague Papers. A folio of Robbi’s poems was published by Glass Lyre Press in Aeolian Harp, Volume VI, alongside other poets.

Robbi holds an MA in Writing from Hollins University, an MFA in Poetry from UC Irvine, and a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Irvine. She taught composition and literature at all levels for over 30 years at various colleges and universities, as well as Humanities Core Course and a survey in the novel, Romance and Realism at the University of California, Irvine. Although she has retired from teaching in the classroom, Robbi still tutors and freelances as a writer and editor, working with students from 15 through graduate school and adult writers of all ages. An elected member of the Academy of American Poets, she hosts and curates two monthly poetry events. 

Published Works

Narrow Bridge (Main Street Rag, 2019)
Other-Wise (Kelsey, 2017)
A Likely Story (Moon Tide, 2014)
Balance (White Violet, 2012)

Edited Works
The Liberal Media Made Me Do It! (9 Toes, 2014)
The Plague Papers
(an e-anthology of Poemelon)
Over the Moon (an e-anthology of Poemelon)

Author Site

Links to Sample Works

Current Title

retired, writer, editor, tutor


Hollins University, BA, MA English Literature
University of California, Irvine, MFA, Creative Writing; PhD, Comparative Literature

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