Jesse Chambers

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Jesse Chambers (born April 1957 in Birmingham) is a writer and editor.

Chambers earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in English at the University of Alabama. While in school he gave poetry readings and performed with Conjure Dig and other groups, often playing at The Chukker. After graduating, he edited books for Tuscaloosa's Sevgo Press and served as publicity director for Babylon Motel, a controversial 1987 theater and video project.

Chambers then moved to the Northwest and became managing editor of Teenwork Alert and contributed to other tabloids published by Northwest Media of Eugene, Oregon. He also did freelance writing and editing for the Southern Willamette Alliance and taught at Seattle Central Community College. In 1993 he was hired to write and edit abstracts of legal documents and trial transcripts by the firm of Logan Pearsall in Seattle and in 1995 he became an event producer and production manager for the Powderkeg Contemporary Performance troupe. In 1997 he founded the Concrete Score Performance Troupe in Seattle.

In 2002 Chambers returned to Birmingham as an editor in UAB's Office of the Graduate School. He came to the Weekly in 2004 and has edited the regular "Green Space" section on ecological topics in addition to special assignments. He served as interim editor of Birmingham Weekly following the departure of Glenny Brock in 2010. He later stepped in as interim editor, again succeeding Brock, at Weld for Birmingham in 2012.

Chambers has also served as a boxing judge and promoter and has been involved in performance art, poetry slams, and "industrial vaudeville" events.

Preceded by:
Glenny Brock
Editor of Birmingham Weekly
Succeeded by:
Sam George
Preceded by:
Glenny Brock
Editor of Weld
Succeeded by:
Nick Patterson


  • Haden, Courtney (March 11, 2010) "Ringing the changes." Birmingham Weekly

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