Jessa Crispin

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Jessa Crispin
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Born Lincoln, Kansas
Occupation Blogger, Editor, Writer

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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.[1] 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.[2] In 2009, Crispin moved to Berlin. Chicago novelist Charles Blackstone is Bookslut's Managing Editor. On March 9, 2016, Crispin announced Bookslut's last issue would be in May; the archives will remain on the website.[3]

Bookslut has received mentions in many national and international newspapers, including the New York Times Book Review and Washington Post. In 2005 Crispin kept a diary about her work on books for The Guardian.[4]

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.[5][6] She has also written for the Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times and Toronto Globe and Mail.[7] She wrote the afterword to Melville House Books' reissue of Heinrich Böll's Billiards at Half-past Nine.[8]



  1. ^ "Jessa Crispin Rewrites the Rules of Reviewing". Publishers Weekly. 2008-01-14. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  2. ^ " sheds light on non-mainstream literature". Daily Nebraskan. 2008-02-18. Retrieved 2008-04-17. 
  3. ^ A Farewell to Bookslut, a Lit Blog After My Own Heart Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Strange meetings". The Guardian. 2005-02-05. 
  5. ^ "Jessa Crispin Book Critic". Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  6. ^ "Jessa Crispin Contributor". Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  7. ^ "Jessa Crispin". Retrieved 2016-02-27. 
  8. ^ "Melville House Publishing Billiards at Half-Past Nine". Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ "Jessa Crispin's 'Dead Ladies Project' braids travelogue, literary criticism and emotional honesty". Retrieved 2016-02-27. 
  11. ^ Tribune, Chicago. "Review: 'The Dead Ladies Project' by Jessa Crispin". Retrieved 2016-02-27. 
  12. ^ "Jessa Crispin embraces her inner mystical weirdo". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-02-27. 
  13. ^ "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