Nelson's work began appearing in mainstream journals long ago, but he
turned to fiction and did not write a poem for twenty-two years,
restarting in the 2000s. So he is both older and "new." See his page in
the Poets & Writers directory
for a notion of his publishing history. He has worked as a copy editor
in the Southwest and now lives in the northern Great Plains. Recently,
his poem "One Winter" won a Poetry Kit Award for 2011 (U.K.); it had
appeared in Symmetry Pebbles. His "Upstream in Idaho" received a Best of Issue Award at the late Neon Beam (also England).