About Cindy

Cindy Crabb’s zine Doris was highly influential in the third wave feminist zine culture of the 90s.”I wanted to break open the secrets isolate us,” she writes, “the difficult secrets but also the small secret joys that keep us alive.”

Her memoirs show us how to remain tender in a threatening world while covering such topics as sexual assault, consent, abortion, addiction, queer identity, poverty, depression & the death of family members.

Cindy Crabb is the author of the zine collections Doris Encyclopedia (alternately titled Things That Help) and Doris Anthology. She is the editor of the book Learning Good Consent which has been translated in whole or parts into French, German, Spanish, Hebrew and Flemish. She and her sister conducted the interviews for the zines Masculinities: interviews and Filling the Void: interviews about quitting drinking.

Her essays appear in:

Perspectives on Anarchist Theories, (Power issue #32 and Anarcha-feminisms issue #29), When Language Runs Dry, (Mend My Dress Press, 2020), The Riot Grrrl Collection, (The Feminist Press, 2013), Stay Solid, A Handbook for Youth (AK Press, 2013), Girl Zines, Making Media Doing Feminism, (NYU Press, 2008), We Don’t Need Another Wave, (Seal Press, 2006), Experiencing Abortion, a Weaving of Women’s Words, (Routledge Press, 1997), Girls Guide to Taking Over the World, (St. Martins Press, 1997), Teen VogueBroken Pencil, Utne Reader, Maximum Rock and Roll and Punk Planet


Therapy and consulting at:


Legions of people have been affected by Cindy’s unique ability to confront the symptoms of abuse .- Maximum Rock and Roll


Always cited as a perennial favorite, it’s not an overstatement to say that it’s one of the most important and influential fanzines ever written.

Zine Reviews

Published works




DORIS: AN ANTHOLOGY of zines and other writing, 1991-2001 (contact me to purchase)


Podcasts / Radio

RiYL #589

Living in This Queer Body: Your Curiosity Will Save You with Cindy Crabb

Life Harvester Radio

Reading at 309 Punk Project

Cute little video about Doris (from an old Kickstarter campaign)

2015 WUNC Move Over Screens, Make Room For Zines


Articles / interviews

2023 - The Bakery Atlanta: Zine making, “Doris,” and the Heart of DIY 

2017 - Teen Vogue How Jane Helped 11,000 Women Get Abortions When The Procedure Was Outlawed

2011 - Broken Pencil, Q&A: Cindy Crabb of Doris Zine

2006 - Punk Planet

Maximum Rock and Roll

Utne Reader, 


Essays in the following compilations:

Power Within, in Perspectives On Anarchist Theory N.32, AK Press, 2021

Marius Mason interview, in Original Plumbing: The Best of Ten years of Trans Male Culture, The Feminist Press, 2019

Sick, in When Language Runs Dry: An Anthology for People with Chronic Pain and Their Allies, Mend My Dress Press, 2019

Doris #6 (excerpt), in The Riot Grrrl Collection. The Feminist Press, 2013

Healthy Relationships, in Stay Solid! A Radical Handbook for Youth, AK Press, 2013

Feminism…Anarchism…Anarchafeminism, in Perspectives On Anarchist Theory N.29, 2012

Zines as Public Pedagogy of Hope (featured in), Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism, New York University Press, 2009

The Chain Reaction of Unsilencing, in We Don’t Need Another Wave, Seal Press, 2006

Dear Inga, in The Zine Yearbook V.7, Soft Skull Press, 2003

Cindy at My House, in PEOPs: Portraits and Stories of People by Fly, Soft Skull Press, 2003

Tree House, in Despite Everything: A Cometbus Omnibus, 2002

Excerpts from DIY Anti-Depression Guide, in The Zine Yearbook V.5, Soft Skull Press, 2001

Interview featured in Experiencing Abortion: A Weaving Of Women’s Worlds, Routledge Press, 1997


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