Jess Chandler

Jess Chandler - Editor

London, UK

Publisher and editor, with extensive experience editing and publishing a range of books, from literary fiction and poetry to art books.

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Overview

I am a publisher and editor, with extensive experience editing and publishing a range of books, from fiction and poetry to illustrated art books, literary biography, history and philosophy.

I run the publishing houses Prototype and House Sparrow Press, and was a co-founder of Test Centre, which ran from 2011–18, publishing innovative works of poetry and fiction. I have worked as an editor at Reaktion Books, and as a researcher and producer on factual television programmes. I am also the Digital Editor at Poetry London magazine.

I have edited over 100 books, and hold BA and MA degrees in English Literature from University College London. I have given talks and seminars on publishing to students at the Royal College of Art, Birkbeck and the Open University.

My services include editorial assessment, copy-editing, proofreading and developmental editing. I can work on poetry, novels, essays, anthologies and illustrated books. I love fiction and poetry most of all, and get great pleasure from the process of improving any piece of writing!
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies
Literary Fiction
Poetry
Short Story
Non-Fiction
Art
Design
History
Music

Work experience

Director

Prototype Publishing
January, 2019 – Present (11 months)

Freelance editor

White Fox Publishing service
January, 2018 – Present (almost 2 years)

I work as a freelance copyeditor, proofreader and copywriter for White Fox Publishing services.

Director and co-founder

House Sparrow Press
November, 2016 – Present (about 3 years)

I am a co-founder and director of House Sparrow Press; our publications include books by John Berger and Anne Michaels.

Editor

Reaktion Books
October, 2016 – September, 2018 (almost 2 years)

I worked as a desk editor at Reaktion Books working on a very wide range of non-fiction titles, from literary biography to city travel guides, popular science and philosophy books, illustrated art books and books about food.

Portfolio (27 selected works)

Safe Mode

Sam Riviere

Fiction. SAFE MODE is Sam Riviere's first book-length prose text. Framed as an 'ambient novel', a term coined by the American writer Tan Lin, SAFE MODE abandons the traditional novel's temporal logic in favour of spatial and atmospheric dispersal, combining intensely personal material with unacknowledged appropriated content to explore the narratives made possible by mood, or the moods made po... read more

Fiction. SAFE MODE is Sam Riviere's first book-length prose text. Framed as an 'ambient novel', a term coined by the American writer Tan Lin, SAFE MODE abandons the traditional novel's temporal logic in favour of spatial and atmospheric dispersal, combining intensely personal material with unacknowledged appropriated content to explore the narratives made possible by mood, or the moods made po... read more

Currently & Emotion: Translations

ed. Sophie Collins

Poetry. Edited by Sophie Collins. CURRENTLY & EMOTION is an innovative and extensive anthology of contemporary poetry translations. It presents a varied and carefully curated selection of works which foreground the translator, and, by showcasing a broad range of approaches, seeks to challenge dominant perceptions of translation as an uncomplicated literary service that simply facilitates acces... read more

Poetry. Edited by Sophie Collins. CURRENTLY & EMOTION is an innovative and extensive anthology of contemporary poetry translations. It presents a varied and carefully curated selection of works which foreground the translator, and, by showcasing a broad range of approaches, seeks to challenge dominant perceptions of translation as an uncomplicated literary service that simply facilitates acces... read more

Aurelia: Art and Literature through the Mouth of the Fairy Tale

Carol Mavor

In eighteenth-century London butterfly collectors weren’t known as lepidopterists—they were the Society of Aurelians, employing an old term that refers to that mysterious cask where beauty is divined: the chrysalis. As a twenty-first-century Aurelian, Carol Mavor, in this book, moves through the enchanted woods and flowered fields of our fairy-tale-telling history in pursuit of our most intric... read more

In eighteenth-century London butterfly collectors weren’t known as lepidopterists—they were the Society of Aurelians, employing an old term that refers to that mysterious cask where beauty is divined: the chrysalis. As a twenty-first-century Aurelian, Carol Mavor, in this book, moves through the enchanted woods and flowered fields of our fairy-tale-telling history in pursuit of our most intric... read more

Republic Of Dogs/Republic Of Birds

Stephen Watts

Poetry. REPUBLIC OF DOGS/REPUBLIC OF BIRDS is the first book-length prose text by poet and translator Stephen Watts. The text was written on a typewriter in the late 1980s, then mislaid and lost. Found again in 2012, it was typed onto a laptop with minimal editing. The narrative moves between London's Isle of Dogs and Scotland's Western Isles, where Watts lived and worked as a shepherd. It is ... read more

Poetry. REPUBLIC OF DOGS/REPUBLIC OF BIRDS is the first book-length prose text by poet and translator Stephen Watts. The text was written on a typewriter in the late 1980s, then mislaid and lost. Found again in 2012, it was typed onto a laptop with minimal editing. The narrative moves between London's Isle of Dogs and Scotland's Western Isles, where Watts lived and worked as a shepherd. It is ... read more

Infinite Gradation

Anne Michaels

Infinite Gradation is an astonishing meditation on the mystery at the heart of our mortality. In lines as precise and profound as any Michaels has written, Infinite Gradation movingly explores the nature of responsibility in extremis and the forms it takes—it is about hope in art, what art makes of death, and bears witness to the love and lives of visual artists and writers who have made work ... read more

Infinite Gradation is an astonishing meditation on the mystery at the heart of our mortality. In lines as precise and profound as any Michaels has written, Infinite Gradation movingly explores the nature of responsibility in extremis and the forms it takes—it is about hope in art, what art makes of death, and bears witness to the love and lives of visual artists and writers who have made work ... read more

Hieronymus Bosch: Visions and Nightmares (Renaissance Lives)

Nils Büttner

In his lifetime Hieronymus Bosch was already famous for his fantastic painterly creations. Today his name has become synonymous with eerie and infernal images. Seeing Bosch’s enigmatic paintings, the viewer is faced with riddles that result in numerous interpretations. Some have tried to explain the supposedly inexplicable symbolism by exploring the alchemical context or by suggesting that Bos... read more

In his lifetime Hieronymus Bosch was already famous for his fantastic painterly creations. Today his name has become synonymous with eerie and infernal images. Seeing Bosch’s enigmatic paintings, the viewer is faced with riddles that result in numerous interpretations. Some have tried to explain the supposedly inexplicable symbolism by exploring the alchemical context or by suggesting that Bos... read more

Berlin (Cityscopes)

Joseph Pearson

Berlin is a party in a graveyard. It is Europe’s youth capital, and its guilty war conscience. It is a disputed construction site, built on the ruins of regimes. Today’s diversity – refugees, immigrants, arty expats, East and West – emerges from a history of violence. Berlin is as cutting-edge and contemporary as it is wary of its extreme past.Berlin is a comprehensive short history and portra... read more

Berlin is a party in a graveyard. It is Europe’s youth capital, and its guilty war conscience. It is a disputed construction site, built on the ruins of regimes. Today’s diversity – refugees, immigrants, arty expats, East and West – emerges from a history of violence. Berlin is as cutting-edge and contemporary as it is wary of its extreme past.Berlin is a comprehensive short history and portra... read more

The Selfish Ape: Human Nature and Our Path to Extinction

Nicholas P. Money

Weaving together stories of science and sociology, The Selfish Ape offers a refreshing response to common fantasies about the ascent of humanity. Rather than imagining modern humans as a species with godlike powers, or Homo deus, Nicholas P. Money recasts us as Homo narcissus, paragons of self-absorption. This exhilarating story takes in an immense sweep of modern biology, leading readers from... read more

Weaving together stories of science and sociology, The Selfish Ape offers a refreshing response to common fantasies about the ascent of humanity. Rather than imagining modern humans as a species with godlike powers, or Homo deus, Nicholas P. Money recasts us as Homo narcissus, paragons of self-absorption. This exhilarating story takes in an immense sweep of modern biology, leading readers from... read more

microaggressions

Erik Stinson

Poetry. MICROAGGRESSIONS combines minimalist, incidental observations of life in New York City – reminiscent of Frank O'Hara – with the concise, rhythmic imagism of William Carlos Williams, transplanted into 21st-century, digital reality. Divided into six titled sections, the book is composed of series of short, 'micro' poems that offer observations on subjects ranging from politics to shoppin... read more

Poetry. MICROAGGRESSIONS combines minimalist, incidental observations of life in New York City – reminiscent of Frank O'Hara – with the concise, rhythmic imagism of William Carlos Williams, transplanted into 21st-century, digital reality. Divided into six titled sections, the book is composed of series of short, 'micro' poems that offer observations on subjects ranging from politics to shoppin... read more

The Magic Door

Chris Torrance

Poetry. THE MAGIC DOOR is the long-awaited collected edition of Chris Torrance's life work. Gathering eight books originally published between 1973 and 1996, the collection makes available and rejuvenates the work of this unjustly neglected poet, an important figure in the British Poetry Revival. THE MAGIC DOOR is a cycle, a long poem with recurring themes and images, although each volume has ... read more

Poetry. THE MAGIC DOOR is the long-awaited collected edition of Chris Torrance's life work. Gathering eight books originally published between 1973 and 1996, the collection makes available and rejuvenates the work of this unjustly neglected poet, an important figure in the British Poetry Revival. THE MAGIC DOOR is a cycle, a long poem with recurring themes and images, although each volume has ... read more

RED EYE

Iain Sinclair

Poetry. A lost foolscap typescript until its recent unearthing, the long poem RED EYE was written in 1973 for publication by Sinclair's Albion Village Press the following year. Set aside to accommodate other books from the press, and pushed aside by darker forces, RED EYE is now revealed to be pivotal between Sinclair's early, locally based texts and the larger, more mythic structures of Lud H... read more

Poetry. A lost foolscap typescript until its recent unearthing, the long poem RED EYE was written in 1973 for publication by Sinclair's Albion Village Press the following year. Set aside to accommodate other books from the press, and pushed aside by darker forces, RED EYE is now revealed to be pivotal between Sinclair's early, locally based texts and the larger, more mythic structures of Lud H... read more

Serious Justice

Jen Calleja

Poetry. SERIOUS JUSTICE is the highly anticipated debut collection from writer, translator, editor and musician Jen Calleja. The collection captures the memories, fears and uncertainties of the millennial generation, attempting to define an unstable and disintegrating sense of belonging. The poems address issues of responsibility, injustice, sexism, revenge, misfortune, forgiveness and regret.... read more

Poetry. SERIOUS JUSTICE is the highly anticipated debut collection from writer, translator, editor and musician Jen Calleja. The collection captures the memories, fears and uncertainties of the millennial generation, attempting to define an unstable and disintegrating sense of belonging. The poems address issues of responsibility, injustice, sexism, revenge, misfortune, forgiveness and regret.... read more

{Enthusiasm}

SJ Fowler

Poetry. {ENTHUSIASM} is the 7th poetry collection by poet, artist, curator and vanguardist SJ Fowler. It follows highly-acclaimed collections including The Rottweiler's guide to the Dog Owner and Enemies: the selected collaborations of SJ Fowler. The book's 81 poems are intended as individual pieces in their own right, but are interlinked by subjects including battle and violence, infants and ... read more

Poetry. {ENTHUSIASM} is the 7th poetry collection by poet, artist, curator and vanguardist SJ Fowler. It follows highly-acclaimed collections including The Rottweiler's guide to the Dog Owner and Enemies: the selected collaborations of SJ Fowler. The book's 81 poems are intended as individual pieces in their own right, but are interlinked by subjects including battle and violence, infants and ... read more

Dark Islands

Tom Chivers

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Paris (Cityscopes)

Adam Roberts

Explore behind the tourist facade of the world’s most visited city. In this book, Paris-based writer and Invisible Paris blogger Adam Roberts provides a concise and informative portrait of the iconic metropolis. He uncovers the story of how a provincial backwater rose up to become the richest and most powerful city in Europe, and a world leader in fashion, the arts and gastronomy – and why it ... read more

Explore behind the tourist facade of the world’s most visited city. In this book, Paris-based writer and Invisible Paris blogger Adam Roberts provides a concise and informative portrait of the iconic metropolis. He uncovers the story of how a provincial backwater rose up to become the richest and most powerful city in Europe, and a world leader in fashion, the arts and gastronomy – and why it ... read more

San Francisco: Instant City, Promised Land (Cityscopes)

Michael Johns

A local rock star once said, ‘San Francisco is 49 square miles surrounded by reality.’ Michael Johns's San Francisco: Instant City, Promised Land portrays the sensibilities of this small city with an outsized personality. No American city has such a broad sweep of staggering views – of the ocean, of a huge bay, of surrounding hills – or such a high opinion of its own worth. San Francisco has a... read more

A local rock star once said, ‘San Francisco is 49 square miles surrounded by reality.’ Michael Johns's San Francisco: Instant City, Promised Land portrays the sensibilities of this small city with an outsized personality. No American city has such a broad sweep of staggering views – of the ocean, of a huge bay, of surrounding hills – or such a high opinion of its own worth. San Francisco has a... read more

Gilles Deleuze (Critical Lives)

Frida Beckman

Gilles Deleuze, the person and philosopher, was both singular and multifaceted. Frida Beckman traces Deleuze’s remarkable intellectual journey, mapping the encounters from which his life and work emerged. She considers how his life and philosophical developments resonate with historical, political and philosophical events, from the Second World War to the student uprisings in the 1960s, the op... read more

Gilles Deleuze, the person and philosopher, was both singular and multifaceted. Frida Beckman traces Deleuze’s remarkable intellectual journey, mapping the encounters from which his life and work emerged. She considers how his life and philosophical developments resonate with historical, political and philosophical events, from the Second World War to the student uprisings in the 1960s, the op... read more

Gustave Flaubert (Critical Lives)

Anne Green

Gustave Flaubert (1821–1880) is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest novelists, and his work continues to influence and inspire contemporary writers, artists, and musicians. Flaubert was determined from a young age to become a writer and achieved sudden fame in 1857 when his first published novel, Madame Bovary, resulted in an unsuccessful prosecution for obscenity. In his subsequent... read more

Gustave Flaubert (1821–1880) is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest novelists, and his work continues to influence and inspire contemporary writers, artists, and musicians. Flaubert was determined from a young age to become a writer and achieved sudden fame in 1857 when his first published novel, Madame Bovary, resulted in an unsuccessful prosecution for obscenity. In his subsequent... read more

Republic Of Dogs/Republic Of Birds

Stephen Watts

Poetry. REPUBLIC OF DOGS/REPUBLIC OF BIRDS is the first book-length prose text by poet and translator Stephen Watts. The text was written on a typewriter in the late 1980s, then mislaid and lost. Found again in 2012, it was typed onto a laptop with minimal editing. The narrative moves between London's Isle of Dogs and Scotland's Western Isles, where Watts lived and worked as a shepherd. It is ... read more

Poetry. REPUBLIC OF DOGS/REPUBLIC OF BIRDS is the first book-length prose text by poet and translator Stephen Watts. The text was written on a typewriter in the late 1980s, then mislaid and lost. Found again in 2012, it was typed onto a laptop with minimal editing. The narrative moves between London's Isle of Dogs and Scotland's Western Isles, where Watts lived and worked as a shepherd. It is ... read more

Leonard Bernstein (Critical Lives)

Paul R. Laird

Leonard Bernstein was one of twentieth-century music’s most successful and recognizable figures. In a career spanning five decades, he conducted many of the world’s leading orchestras and composed scores for landmark musicals such as West Side Story. With an iron self-belief, he negotiated risky and challenging musical situations that resulted in always passionate, if sometimes mixed, reviews.... read more

Leonard Bernstein was one of twentieth-century music’s most successful and recognizable figures. In a career spanning five decades, he conducted many of the world’s leading orchestras and composed scores for landmark musicals such as West Side Story. With an iron self-belief, he negotiated risky and challenging musical situations that resulted in always passionate, if sometimes mixed, reviews.... read more

Jerome's Study 2018

Max Porter

Jerome s Study explores what happens when we observe and study pieces of art; how we depict and translate our impression of something, and the stories and preoccupations that emerge when we spend time with another work of art.The book itself, beautifully designed and hand-assembled by Catrin, opens up and expands the possibilities inherent in the original collaboration, so that the radically e... read more

Jerome s Study explores what happens when we observe and study pieces of art; how we depict and translate our impression of something, and the stories and preoccupations that emerge when we spend time with another work of art.The book itself, beautifully designed and hand-assembled by Catrin, opens up and expands the possibilities inherent in the original collaboration, so that the radically e... read more

Solo for Mascha Voice/Tenuous Rooms 2018

Jack Underwood

Solo for Mascha Voice is a series of poems intended as replies to the work of the Polish-born German-language poet Mascha Kale ko. The following poems are not translations , appears as a note at the start. Addressed to a lover, the poems are tender and imploring in their declarations, highly imaginative in the imagery they draw upon to capture the most personal and private longings and insecur... read more

Solo for Mascha Voice is a series of poems intended as replies to the work of the Polish-born German-language poet Mascha Kale ko. The following poems are not translations , appears as a note at the start. Addressed to a lover, the poems are tender and imploring in their declarations, highly imaginative in the imagery they draw upon to capture the most personal and private longings and insecur... read more

I Can't Wait For The Wending

Wayne Holloway-Smith

I CAN T WAIT FOR THE WENDING, a non-linear sequence of poems by prize-winning poet Wayne Holloway-Smith. The work is based upon ideas and structures that play with contingency and coincidence. The title, taken from a misspelt line written by Holloway-Smith s daughter, plays upon the inventiveness of linguistic accident, setting the tone for a collection of poems which relish the creativity of ... read more

I CAN T WAIT FOR THE WENDING, a non-linear sequence of poems by prize-winning poet Wayne Holloway-Smith. The work is based upon ideas and structures that play with contingency and coincidence. The title, taken from a misspelt line written by Holloway-Smith s daughter, plays upon the inventiveness of linguistic accident, setting the tone for a collection of poems which relish the creativity of ... read more

Door ways

Bekki PERRIMAN

Judenmord: Art and the Holocaust in Post-war Germany

Kathrin Hoffman-Curtius

In remembering the Holocaust, we have largely ignored the contributions made by German artists in the first twenty years after the end of the war. But how did artists in Germany deal with their own experiences and relate these to what they saw, heard, and read about the Holocaust, and in what ways did these experiences shape the development of their ideas? What images of the Jews did artists p... read more

In remembering the Holocaust, we have largely ignored the contributions made by German artists in the first twenty years after the end of the war. But how did artists in Germany deal with their own experiences and relate these to what they saw, heard, and read about the Holocaust, and in what ways did these experiences shape the development of their ideas? What images of the Jews did artists p... read more

Life Support: 100 Poems to Reach for on Dark Nights

These carefully selected poems will offer solace; provide an escape from the constant chatter of everyday thought; help make space for the unexpected; enable us to reinvent ourselves within the chaotic landscape of our lives. Some will be old favourites; others less well-known; all the poems will have the power to surprise or move. A deeper, more lasting comfort comes from art that makes us si... read more

These carefully selected poems will offer solace; provide an escape from the constant chatter of everyday thought; help make space for the unexpected; enable us to reinvent ourselves within the chaotic landscape of our lives. Some will be old favourites; others less well-known; all the poems will have the power to surprise or move. A deeper, more lasting comfort comes from art that makes us si... read more

Fatherhood

Caleb Klaces

Fatherhood is the debut novel from award-winning poet Caleb Klaces, combining prose and poetry in an experimental work of verse fiction. Following the birth of their first child, a couple move out of the capital to the northern countryside, where they believe the narrators great-grandfather, a Russian emigrant, was laid to rest. The father dedicates himself to parenting, writing and conversati... read more

Fatherhood is the debut novel from award-winning poet Caleb Klaces, combining prose and poetry in an experimental work of verse fiction. Following the birth of their first child, a couple move out of the capital to the northern countryside, where they believe the narrators great-grandfather, a Russian emigrant, was laid to rest. The father dedicates himself to parenting, writing and conversati... read more

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