Named after the Pine Hills neighborhood in Albany, Pine Hills Review (ISSN 2470-8321) is an online literary journal with a national focus that publishes artful, honest, and compelling work by new and established writers, from fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to visual art, interviews, and experimental, cross-genre work. We love irreverent, fun, different, and surprising work that tries to do something new.

Since the beginning, Pine Hills Review remains committed to creating an inclusive space for writers from all backgrounds.

Established in 2014 in association with The College of Saint Rose as part of its M.F.A. in creative writing program, Pine Hills Review was founded by Daniel Nester and then-student Sarah Sherman. After the M.F.A. program was discontinued, Pine Hills Review began a second iteration in 2019 as an independent online journal edited and published by Daniel Nester. In recent years, we have welcomed Alex J. Tunney, Sam Zimmerman, and others to the editorial board. In addition, students from The College of Saint Rose join the board occasionally as part of the Online Journal Editing and Publishing course. Other students join the board as part of a semester-long internship, from the college and elsewhere.

To learn more about Pine Hills Review‘s editorial preferences and our general vibe, consult these links:


Daniel Nester (editor; he/him) is the author most recently of Harsh Realm: My 1990s. His other books include Shader, How to Be Inappropriate, God Save My Queen I and II, and The Incredible Sestina Anthology, which he edited. He is professor of English at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Before Pine Hills Review, he helped edit Painted Bride Quarterly, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency‘s Sestinas section, La Petite Zine, Unpleasant Event Schedule, and others. Follow his Instagram @danielnestermfa.

Alex J. Tunney (editor; he/him) is a writer somewhere in downstate New York. His writing has been published in the Lambda Literary Review, The Rumpus, Drunk Monkeys, First Person Scholar, Fauxmoir, Complete Sentence, The Billfold and The Inquisitive Eater. You can keep up with him on Instagram at @axelturner.

Samantha Zimmerman (editor; she/her) is an editor of Pine Hills Review and a current graduate student at SUNY New Paltz. She loves experimenting with different types of poetry and writing creative nonfiction. Her work has been featured in Sledgehammer Lit, Bullshit Lit, and Discretionary Love Magazine. She currently resides in a small town in the middle of nowhere in New York. You can keep up with her on Twitter @samthezim.

Samantha Ryan (editor; she/her): is a senior at The College of Saint Rose and is interning as a managing editor for the Pine Hills Review. She enjoys reading and creative writing. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @cutpapershadow.

Editors Emerita

Jasmine Bates, Alex Stephenson, Danni Beltran, Regina Rosenfeld, Shawn Berman, Tori Felter, Michelle Lin, Taylor Casey, Sunny Leigh, Jennifer Austin, Thomas Santelli, Samson Dikeman, Alyssa Cohorn, Zelest Caraballo, Sarah Sherman (founding editor)

Logo design by Lesia Gribbin and Kim Szkudlarek

Image: “Oddball section, Sound House Records, Troy, NY”

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