Andrew Chesham has worked in the publishing industry since 2006. Andrew works in the Creative Writing Program at SFU Continuing Studies. He is the publisher of emerge. He also teaches courses on book production and publishing. Over the years, he has been a publisher, production manager, marketer, administrator, editor, designer, photographer, and writer for various print and digital publications.
In 2013, Andrew graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Master of Publishing. He is currently completing a Master of Business Administration at SFU’s Beedie School of Business.
He is also a freelance publishing consultant, editor, print designer and ebook designer. His clients have included: SFU Publications, UBC Press, Douglas & McIntyre, Otter Press and self-published authors.
Andrew Chesham began his publishing career in Newcastle, Australia, where he worked with various literary organizations. From 2006-2009, he worked with Catchfire Press, a non-profit, volunteer-run literary press. In his time at Catchfire, Andrew was an editor, competition administrator, photographer, and writer. He also helped create marketing materials, plan book launches and special events, and distribute books to local bookstores.
While in Australia, Andrew also assisted at the Hunter Writer’s Centre (HWC), a literary hub dedicated to supporting new and established writers of the Hunter region of New South Wales. For HWC, Andrew provided administrative assistance for the Newcastle Poetry Prize, Australia’s largest poetry competition. He was also a writer, photographer and editor for Scrawl on the Wall, a book which documented and preserved the cell wall etchings in the Hunter Street Lockup.
Andrew also has experience working with magazines and student newspapers. From 2007-2009, he wrote articles, interviews and music reviews for Reverb, a local music magazine in Australia. In 2010 Andrew was a copy editor for The Peak, SFU’s student newspaper.
From 2010 to 2012, Andrew completed the Master of Publishing program at Simon Fraser University. In the summer of 2011 Andrew was an intern at Douglas & McIntyre, where he worked in the digital department. He graduated from the program in 2013. His project report is titled: Poetry and eBooks: managing fixed layouts in reflowable text.