Jessa Crispin

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Jessa Crispin
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Born1978 (age 43–44)
Lincoln, Kansas, United States
OccupationBlogger, editor, writer

 Literature portal

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]

Early life[edit]

Crispin is from Lincoln, Kansas; she has described both her hometown and upbringing in her family as very conservative.[3] She attended Baker University in Kansas for two years before leaving without a degree.[4][5]

Literary career[edit]

Crispin began her literary career as publishing outsider who started her blog Bookslut on the side while working at Planned Parenthood in Austin, Texas. She eventually came to support herself by writing and editing the site full-time.[6] Bookslut ran for 14 years, with the last issue announced in May 2016.[7] 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.[8] Crispin had a regular column 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.[9][10] She has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times and The Globe and Mail, among other publications.[9][11] She wrote the afterword to Melville House Books' reissue of Heinrich Böll's Billiards at Half-Past Nine.[12]

Personal life[edit]

In 2018, Crispin 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.[13] 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."[14]


  • The Dead Ladies Project: Exiles, Expats, and Ex-Countries (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2015, ISBN 9780226278452)[15][16][17]
  • The Creative Tarot: A Modern Guide to an Inspired Life (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2016, ISBN 9781501120237)[18]
  • 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.
  2. ^ a b Crispin, Jessa. Why I am not a feminist : a feminist manifesto. Brooklyn. ISBN 978-1-61219-601-5. OCLC 960641884.
  3. ^ "Jessa Crispin: the woman at war with lifestyle feminism". the Guardian. March 3, 2017.
  4. ^ "For the love of books". Chicago Tribune.
  5. ^ Bayne, Martha (November 13, 2003). "Bookslut Rising". Chicago Reader.
  6. ^ " sheds light on non-mainstream literature". Daily Nebraskan. February 18, 2008. Archived from the original on August 9, 2011. Retrieved April 17, 2008.
  7. ^ Burbank, Megan (March 9, 2026), "A Farewell to Bookslut, a Lit Blog After My Own Heart", The Portland Mercury. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  8. ^ Crispin, Jessa (February 5, 2005). "Strange meetings". The Guardian.
  9. ^ a b "Jessa Crispin". NPR. Archived from the original on February 22, 2016. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  10. ^ "Jessa Crispin Contributor". Retrieved March 4, 2011.
  11. ^ "Opinion | What to Ask a Celebrity Instead of 'Are You a Feminist?'". Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  12. ^ "Melville House Publishing Billiards at Half-Past Nine". Retrieved March 4, 2011.
  13. ^ ""Performing Masculinity" (w/ Nicolás R Melo) from Public Intellectual with Jessa Crispin". Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  14. ^ Cooke, Rachel (April 23, 2017). "Jessa Crispin: 'Today's feminists are bland, shallow and lazy' | Rachel Cooke". The Guardian. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ Upchurch, Michael (October 1, 2015). "Review: 'The Dead Ladies Project' by Jessa Crispin". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  18. ^ Evans, Kristen (February 17, 2016). "Jessa Crispin embraces her inner mystical weirdo". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 27, 2016.

External links[edit]

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