Jessa Crispin

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Jessa Crispin
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BornLincoln, Kansas, United States
OccupationBlogger, editor, writer

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Jessa Crispin (born c. 1978 in Lincoln, Kansas) is a critic, author, feminist thought leader, 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 (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.[8][9] She wrote the afterword to Melville House Books' reissue of Heinrich Böll's Billiards at Half-Past Nine.[10]

In 2018, she married Nicolás Rodríguez Melo and interviewed him for her Public Intellectual podcast about the performance of masculinity and femininity.[11] 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."[12]


  • The Dead Ladies Project: Exiles, Expats, and Ex-Countries (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2015, ISBN 9780226278452)[13][14][15]
  • The Creative Tarot: A Modern Guide to an Inspired Life (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2016, ISBN 9781501120237)[16]
  • Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto (New York: Melville House, 2017, ISBN 9781612196015)[17]


  1. ^ "Jessa Crispin Rewrites the Rules of Reviewing". Publishers Weekly. 2008-01-14. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
  2. ^ Why I Am Not a Feminist » Melville House Books. 1486425600. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ " sheds light on non-mainstream literature". Daily Nebraskan. 2008-02-18. Retrieved 2008-04-17.
  4. ^ Burbank, Megan (2026-03-09), "A Farewell to Bookslut, a Lit Blog After My Own Heart", The Portland Mercury. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
  5. ^ Crispin, Jessa (2005-02-05). "Strange meetings". The Guardian.
  6. ^ "Jessa Crispin Book Critic". Retrieved 2011-03-04.
  7. ^ "Jessa Crispin Contributor". Retrieved 2011-03-04.
  8. ^ "Jessa Crispin". Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  9. ^ "Opinion | What to Ask a Celebrity Instead of 'Are You a Feminist?'". Retrieved 2018-09-22.
  10. ^ "Melville House Publishing Billiards at Half-Past Nine". Retrieved 2011-03-04.
  11. ^ ""Performing Masculinity" (w/ Nicolás R Melo) from Public Intellectual with Jessa Crispin". Retrieved 2018-09-22.
  12. ^ Cooke, Rachel (2017-04-23). "Jessa Crispin: 'Today's feminists are bland, shallow and lazy' | Rachel Cooke". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-09-22.
  13. ^ Feigel, Lara (2015-12-11). "The Dead Ladies Project: Exiles, Expats, and Ex-Countries by Jessa Crispin review – a compelling literary journey". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  14. ^ Brown, Liz (2015-10-15). "Jessa Crispin's 'Dead Ladies Project' braids travelogue, literary criticism and emotional honesty". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  15. ^ Upchurch, Michael (2015-10-01). "Review: 'The Dead Ladies Project' by Jessa Crispin". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  16. ^ Evans, Kristen (2016-02-17). "Jessa Crispin embraces her inner mystical weirdo". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  17. ^ "Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto". Melville House. Retrieved 8 February 2017.

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