Jake Crist attended the Princeton Theological Seminary. His poems have recently been published in Boulevard, Plume, Ruminate, and Threepenny Review. He was a finalist for the 2012 Ruth Lilly Fellowship and a recipient of a MacDowell Colony fellowship. He also served as poet-in-residence at Nassau Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville in New Jersey.

Crist has worked as a bookseller, a clinical chaplain, and the supervisor of a homeless shelter. He lives and works in Springfield, Ohio.