Jessa Crispin (born c. 1978 in Lincoln, Kansas) is a critic and the editor-in-chief of Bookslut, a litblog and webzine founded in 2002. Crispin is a publishing outsider who started the blog on the side while working at Planned Parenthood in Austin, Texas and came to support herself by writing and editing the site full-time. In 2009, Crispin moved to Berlin. Chicago novelist Charles Blackstone now serves as Bookslut's Managing Editor.
Crispin had a regular column called "Bookslut" in the online cultural journal The Smart Set, published by Drexel University. She was a book critic for NPR and contributor to PBS's Need to Know. She has also written for the Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times and Toronto Globe and Mail. She wrote the afterword to Melville House Books' reissue of Heinrich Böll's Billiards at Half-past Nine.
- "Jessa Crispin Rewrites the Rules of Reviewing". Publishers Weekly. 2008-01-14. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
- "Bookslut.com sheds light on non-mainstream literature". Daily Nebraskan. 2008-02-18. Retrieved 2008-04-17.
- "Strange meetings". The Guardian. 2005-02-05.
- "Jessa Crispin Book Critic". Retrieved 2011-03-04.
- "Jessa Crispin Contributor". Retrieved 2011-03-04.
- "Melville House Publishing Billiards at Half-Past Nine". Retrieved 2011-03-04.
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