Saturday, December 26, 2009

Ladyfest Syracuse NY

I'll be speaking at Ladyfest in Syracuse NY on Feb 20, and hopefully Snarlas will play too. They need more bands and maybe more speakers, so if you want to get in touch with them, here's contact info: or

also, if anyone has contacts for Ithaca NY, for punk shows or speaking at Cornell, let me know.

other upcoming events:
Snarlas shows: Jan 11 with Can Kickers, Hello Shitty People, and Frozen Teens, at the Smiling Skull, athens ohio

Jan 13, Snarla's in Pittsburgh, (I don't know where) with Hello Shitty People and Frozen Teens and more

new zines to distro

New Zines to Riotgrrrrdistro!

New To Everything #8
Sometimes I wish I wrote a zine just like this one, and maybe sometime soon I will. It's quarter sized, so it fits in your pocket, and it has little stories a couple pages long each, about various things; her dad's motorcycle, listening to the oldies, the feeling of being on the way to somewhere or something. Each story is self-contained, sweet and insightful. It reminds me to want more stories from the people I know, to know them better.
It reminds me of what is good in life.

The Visible Woman
I love this zine! Written by a woman in her 50's, it's about how older women are turned invisible by our society. She says, "In some ways it's oddly restful, but when I think about it, it makes me angry. I don't want to be invisible anymore."

A How To Guide on Starteing a DIY Events Calendar (in your town)
This zine is by Leanne of New to Everything and it is pretty self-explanitory. It has examples of different towns calendars, and a bunch of tips and a bunch of inspiration!

Tuff Town #1
I'd like to hang out with Naomi. Her zine touches on so many things I think about - wanting to stay in a small town but also wishing there were more than a handful of people to keep projects going; wanting to believe in ghosts; wanting to be accountable to her neighborhood; violence against queers; how fucked up it is when "radicals" try to dismiss the real shit in our lives (like class, race, gender violence) as "personal issues"; all kinds of things, written in an urgent and articulate way.
1.60 or 2.40 intl

Totally Rich
Throw out all the anarchist theory and just read this zine! It is a cutsy story about one morning when the trees started growing money and noone had to do anything for money anymore and could just do meaningful work.
It is written by the Second Maine Militia, which includes Carole Chute, author of The Beans of Egypt Maine
2.85 or 3.60 intl

Monday, December 21, 2009

Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism, by Alison Piepmeier

Girl Zines: making media, doing feminism. By Alison Piepmeier. New York University Press

I want to recommend this book, if you like academic books, and I'm not just saying that because I'm one of the featured zine writers. What I love about it most, is that it looks at zines, their history, their often overlooked place in feminism, and in doing so, talks about embodiment, about the contradictions inside of each of us, and talks about what we can do to challenge and change each other, ourselves and the world.
When I first found out about feminism, I mostly just knew liberal feminism - voting, critique of mass culture, etc. For the most part, it didn't speak to me or inspire me. When I found feminist writers like Audre Lorde, bell hooks, and the writers in the book This Bridge Called My Back, I was inspired, forever inspired. They talked not just about what was outside of us, but also how it ate up our insides, and how our source of power was inside of us, demonized by patriarchy. When I was told that we had to reach to our most feared places and work from there. work on social change and inside change at the same time. Believe in ourselves. Speak and listen.
Sometimes I get tired of zines and wish people would read more serious books. Sometimes I wish college people would quit college and write zines. Sometimes I think it is ok that everyone does different things.
This book put girl zines in the same trajectory as writers like Audre Lorde, and it helped me to take zines more seriously. Truthfully, it usually is zines that inspire me, when I get a really great zine, or even a shitty one that is honestly looking at shit and working it figure it out - the voices of girl zine writers inspire me more than anything.
This book also had a nice little history of girl zines that I didn't know about. And I like how it traces girl zines back to the 1800's women's health pamphlets and the 70's feminist underground papers.
I haven't read the whole book yet, but the chapter called "We Are Not All One: Intersectional Identities in Grrrl Zines" is really excellent. She talks about a number of zine writers, including Mimi Nguyen, one of my favorite zine writers who edited and Evolution of a Race Riot, - a very smart zines that wanted to "subvert the dominant punk rock order & yes, whiteboy/girl hegemony."
Coming from an activist world into a zine world, it was really great to me when I'd read zines that were girls who were coming from academic language, using and fucking with that language.
Sometimes I like theory and sometimes it makes me laugh with it's over important language, but I can't hide the fact that it really does help me think more deeply, and more seriously.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

new zines in

what I've been doing: chainsawing. waitressing. Planting garlic. Getting ready to get two puppies and two sheep.

New Zines to the distro at

Skinned Heart This is a beautiful and intense personal and political zine about racism, feminism, child abuse, rape, mental illness, cultural appropriation and a bunch of other life things. This is the kind of zine that first got me into zines and that I don't see enough of these days - that takes personal experiences, sees them through a political lens, and makes you feel, not just think.

2.50 u.s. or 3.60 intl

Cometbus #53

Cometbus was the first zine I ever read. It is stories, social commentary, interviews, mini-novels, punk. This issue is half Aaron Cometbus's writing and half Maddalena Polletta. Aaron has an interview with the founder of PUNK magazine, back in the very beginning of punk. and a couple stories, one of which mentions the time I stole a car to come visit him.

Maddalena's stories are about her mom dieing and the aftermath. Very beautifully written. Bleak and stunning.

3.75 u.s. or 4.50 int'l

Saturday, November 28, 2009


Here is a link to a blog about working in a center for domestic violence survivors:

today: working on the cover for the Encyclopedia of Doris, fixing the lightbulb in the dashboard of the car, trying to remember how to play the bass guitar.

Snarlas tour zine out! boring, like every other tour zine, but not quite as boring. It has SnarLibs, which are like MadLibs only Snarla related.

$3 SnarLibs pob 29 Athens OH 45701

Friday, November 27, 2009

new zines

Snarlas is playing at the Smiling Skull, Dec 8 with Not My Dog and hopefully Spooktober. Our record is actually out!

What I did this weekend: fed my neighbors sheep and dogs and chickens. and 8 puppies. Hopefully I am getting two. finally. dogs.

New zines in riotgrrrrdistro,

Gender Oppression, Abuse, Violence: Community Accountability Within the People of Color Progressive Movement
this is one of the best explanations of identifying and dealing with abuse within radical communities I've seen.
It is very straightforward, defining sexual harassment, sexual abuse/assault and intimate partner abuse,
talking about denial, minimizing, victim blaming, counter-organizing, and other ways people try to manipulate and get out of being accountable.
It has a great, detailed section on creating an accountablity process with the goal as "transformation toward liberation".


Taking Risks: Implementing Grassroots Community Accountability Strategies

written by a collective of women of color from Communities Against Rape and Abuse

this zine is a description of CARA's accountability guidelines for addressing sexual violence.
It's a great introduction to forming an community accountability structure.

the principles discussed are:

1.Recognizing the humanity of everyone involved. 2. Prioritizing self-determination of the survivor. 3. Identify a simultaneous plan for safety and support fo the survivor as well as others in the community
4. Carefully consider the potential consequences of your strategy. 5. Organize Collectively. 6. Make sure everyone in the accountability-seeing group is on the same page with their political analysis of sexual violence. 7. Be clear and specific about what your group wants from the aggressor in terms of accountability. 9. Consider help from the aggressor's friends, family and people close to the aggressor.
10. Prepare to be engaged in the process for the long haul.


Harlot, RN

a lot of my friends have been going into nursing school and becoming nurses lately, and I always think they should talk together because
they all have such intense experiences and feelings and I think it is such a great thing to be doing and I can't imagine working within the
established medical system and I am so glad when there are good people who are. So this is a zine by Megan, who is part of the "Down There" collective
and is now a nurse. This zine talks about how she ended up becoming a nurse, difficult things about it, union stuff, family stuff, and lots of other things, plus a sweet section on
plants she loves.

I love Megan and I love this zine.


The Zine Yearbook is a book with articles, stories, comics, and all that kind of stuff from lots of different zines. It's always great and it's a great way to find out about a lot of zines you don't know about.


pob 29 Athens oh 45701

Saturday, October 24, 2009


The Snarla's 7" record should be out any day for real, like probably on Monday. If you have a record player, and want to get one, it's $5. Also, I've updated and added a bunch of stuff to my distro a bunch so if you want to check it out, you should

riotgrrrr zine distro

Sunday, September 27, 2009

doris 27 out now!

Just to let you know that doris 27 is out now!!! It's 2.65 by mail - or cash, stamps, check (cindy crabb) or paypal at

Saturday, August 1, 2009

upcoming events

Here in Athens OHIO, we are doing a womens + transgender self-defense skill share on Monday Aug 17 6:00 at Highland Park. It is open to all, but please respect.

Our band, Sister Shuffle, changed it's name to Snarlas and are going on mini tour in August. Here's when. First, two shows in Athens:
Friday, Aug 21 Athens Ohio, at the Smiling Skull, with Stupid Party
Monday Aug 23 Athens Ohio, at the Union Bar, with Future Virgins and AD/DC

Asheville, NC Tuesday Aug 25
Chattanooga TN Wednesday Aug 26, at Toms house
Athens GA, Thursday 27, at the Hanger
Gainsville, FL, Friday 28, at Kickstand
Pensacola, FL, Sat 29, Sluggos.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

the revolution starts at home zine

I am so excited about this new zine. It's about community acountability to partner abuse. Hopefully it'll get published as an anthology, but in the meantime, you can download it at the INCITE website. here is a link to where you can read it or download it online, at the INCITE women of color against violence website. here it is: the revolution starts at home

Thursday, April 23, 2009

doris reading

I'll be doing a reading on May 9, Saturday, at the Donkey here in Athens.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

new edition of doris anthology + do you want to help us on our land?

Oh! My new pressing of my old Anthology is out with a new cover that is so beautiful! If you lost your old copy, or is you've been meaning to get one for a present, maybe you should now! Look! you can order it from me - $13 by mail, cindy crabb pob 29 Athens OH 45701. or the website at
horray! also, we have a ton of work that we need to do on our land, so if you want to come out and help, let me know. If you are already my friend, call me. If I don't know you yet, we are hoping people who are self motivated and ok at being alone (or who have a friend to bring to keep company), who like camping - because we have this house but we are also very used to spending most of our time alone and so get a little crazy if people are around 24 hours a day. ... so we are looking for people to come for a week, who would want to help with gardening, house fixing, and a million projects. It would probably be like 5 hours of work a day. If you don't feel like you know how to do stuff, we can teach you stuff. send letter of something to me at pob 29 athens oh 45701.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Saturday, March 14, 2009

fund for survivor support work


Philly's Pissed believes in supporting survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence in a way that provides options and allows the survivor to make their own decisions. We think it is important for survivors to have choices that do not rely on cops, government or big nonprofits. Who can offer better support to survivors than people and communities close to them?

We have a little bit of money to support other people doing this work in their own communities. We are very excited about work that creates alternatives to the police and criminal justice system, work that supports survivors who are people of color and/or trans, work that is being done in rural areas and work that is about sustainability and long-term change.

If this is you, please write to or to PP c/o Timothy, 921 S 50th Street, Philadelphia PA 19143. Tell us a little bit about who you are, what you do and the money needs of the work you are doing. We will be able to give several groups money ranging from $100-$500 each. You do not need to have any kind of 501(c)3 or nonprofit status. Deadline is May 1st; please feel free to write us if you have questions or need more info.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

zines & shows

I have some new additions to my zine distro:
one on chronic pain, one sweet sad personal zine, a new multiplicities zine, and more. to go to newzines website, click here

upcoming Sister Shuffle shows:
Feb 26, thursday Chattanooga
Feb27 Friday Asheville NC 34 Edgehill Ave
March 10 at Athens Ohio U. Max's thesis show. I'm trying to get together a multimedia performance piece. Hopefully it'll be ready in time.
Pittsburgh! March 12 with Stupid Party, ShellShag and This Bike...
Athens: Sat March 14 with Panty Herst and Welcome to Concrete. This is a fundraiser for my friend Samantha who survived a 50 foot fall and has extensie spinal injury. If you'd like to send in a donation, she would really appreciate it. cindy crabb pob 29, Athens oh 45701.

also, I'm looking for college speaking gigs for the fall on the West Coast, and in general for anywhere, so if you're in school and you think there's a student group that would want to host me to speak, get in touch!