Jessa Crispin

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Jessa Crispin
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Born1978 (age 42–43)
Lincoln, Kansas, United States
OccupationBlogger, editor, writer

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Jessa Crispin (born c. 1978 in Lincoln, Kansas) is a critic, author, feminist, and the editor-in-chief of Bookslut, a litblog and webzine founded in 2002.[1] She has published three books, most recently Why I Am Not A Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto (2017).[2]


She began as 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.[3] In 2009, Crispin moved to Berlin. Later she returned to the United States. In May 2016, Crispin announced Bookslut's last issue; the archives will remain on the website.[4] Bookslut received mentions in many national and international newspapers, including The New York Times Book Review and The Washington Post. In 2005 Crispin kept a diary about her work on books for The Guardian.[5]

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.[6][7] She has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times and The Globe and Mail, among other publications.[6][8] She wrote the afterword to Melville House Books' reissue of Heinrich Böll's Billiards at Half-Past Nine.[9]

In 2018, she married Nicolás Rodríguez Melo, partly in order to sponsor his visa, and interviewed him for her Public Intellectual podcast about the performance of masculinity and femininity.[10] She has criticized married women in the past: "Marriage’s history is about treating women as property, and by being married you’re legitimising that history."[11]


  • The Dead Ladies Project: Exiles, Expats, and Ex-Countries (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2015, ISBN 9780226278452)[12][13][14]
  • The Creative Tarot: A Modern Guide to an Inspired Life (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2016, ISBN 9781501120237)[15]
  • Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto (New York: Melville House, 2017, ISBN 9781612196015)[2]


  1. ^ "Jessa Crispin Rewrites the Rules of Reviewing". Publishers Weekly. January 14, 2008. Retrieved October 31, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b Crispin, Jessa. Why I am not a feminist : a feminist manifesto. Brooklyn. ISBN 978-1-61219-601-5. OCLC 960641884.
  3. ^ " sheds light on non-mainstream literature". Daily Nebraskan. February 18, 2008. Archived from the original on August 9, 2011. Retrieved April 17, 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Burbank, Megan (March 9, 2026), "A Farewell to Bookslut, a Lit Blog After My Own Heart", The Portland Mercury. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  5. ^ Crispin, Jessa (February 5, 2005). "Strange meetings". The Guardian.
  6. ^ a b "Jessa Crispin". NPR. Archived from the original on February 22, 2016. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  7. ^ "Jessa Crispin Contributor". Retrieved March 4, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Opinion | What to Ask a Celebrity Instead of 'Are You a Feminist?'". Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  9. ^ "Melville House Publishing Billiards at Half-Past Nine". Retrieved March 4, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ ""Performing Masculinity" (w/ Nicolás R Melo) from Public Intellectual with Jessa Crispin". Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  11. ^ Cooke, Rachel (April 23, 2017). "Jessa Crispin: 'Today's feminists are bland, shallow and lazy' | Rachel Cooke". The Guardian. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  12. ^ Feigel, Lara (December 11, 2015). "The Dead Ladies Project: Exiles, Expats, and Ex-Countries by Jessa Crispin review – a compelling literary journey". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  13. ^ Brown, Liz (October 15, 2015). "Jessa Crispin's 'Dead Ladies Project' braids travelogue, literary criticism and emotional honesty". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  14. ^ Upchurch, Michael (October 1, 2015). "Review: 'The Dead Ladies Project' by Jessa Crispin". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  15. ^ Evans, Kristen (February 17, 2016). "Jessa Crispin embraces her inner mystical weirdo". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 27, 2016.

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External video
video icon Jessa Crispin on New Memoir 'The Dead Ladies Project', Chicago Tonight, November 2, 2015