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Civil Coping Mechanisms (CCM) is a DIY kind of press. We take the same level of angst as our colleagues in shunning those that would be in the immediate position of neglecting our efforts as artisans. We take the sentiment of doing it ourselves while stating to the tired publishing process, “To hell with it.” Why not do it our way? What only matters: Offering a space for the innovation so sorely shamed and disregarded as unmarketable by the major and indie presses too busy selling the next celebrity memoir, paper-thin creative nonfiction spine of lies, the wax-intellectual pursuits of yet-again the same vision wrapped in newer trim, or the same regurgitated genre-fiction and prose you’d expect would have become stale by now. Oh yes, we rant. This is our place. We’ll do as we damn well please.

CCM is made possible by the hard work of the following eccentric individuals…

Michael J Seidlinger, Publisher-in-Chief, is an Asian American author of nine novels including My Pet Serial KillerThe Fun We’ve Had and The Strangest. In addition to his role at CCM, he serves as director of publicity at Dzanc Books and book reviews editor at Electric Literature. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he never sleeps and is forever searching for the next best cup of coffee. You can find him online at michaeljseidlinger.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter (@mjseidlinger). Contact Michael here.

Joanna C. Valente, Managing Editor, CCM Siren Songs Editor, is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York. Joanna is the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015), Marys of the Sea (2016), & Xenos (forthcoming 2017, Agape Editions). Joanna received an MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and is also the founder of Yes, Poetry, as well as the managing editor for Luna Luna Magazine. Some of Joanna’s writing has appeared in Prelude, The Atlas Review, The Feminist Wire, BUST, Pouch, and elsewhere. Joanna also teaches workshops at Brooklyn Poets. Contact Joanna here.

Janice Lee, #RECURRENT Series Editor & Entropy Executive Editor, is the author of KEROTAKIS (Dog Horn Press, 2010), Daughter (Jaded Ibis, 2011), Damnation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013), Reconsolidation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2015), and most recently, The Sky Isn’t Blue (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016), a collection of essays. She is Editor of the #RECURRENT Series, Assistant Editor at Fanzine, and Founder/Executive Editor of Entropy. She can be found online at http://janicel.com and Twitter: @diddioz. Contact Janice here.

Ryan W. Bradley, Art Director, CCM Artistically Declined Editor, has pumped gas, done construction in the Arctic Circle, fronted a punk band, and managed a children’s bookstore. He now designs book covers and works in merchandising and marketing. He is the author of eight books, including Winterswim and Nothing but the Dead and Dying. Born in Alaska, he received his MFA from Pacific University and lives in southern Oregon with his wife and two sons. Contact Ryan here.

Nathan Carter, Associate Editor, is reading and writing his life away, sending all the lit love and raisin’ the horns for the lit community from Northwest PA. He’s currently working on a collection of short fiction and a novella with work previously published in the since deceased Dubois Review. He’s a relatively frequent blogger throwing down movie and book reviews @ nrussellcarter.tumblr.com. In addition, he is the layout editor and technical consultant for the literary magazine Lake Effect and the associate editor for the kickass souls that CCM gives voice to. Contact Nathan here.

Roxane Gay is the publisher of Tiny Hardcore Press.

Allison Wright, CCM Tiny Hardcore Editor, is a writer and editor in Charlottesville, Virginia. You can find her online at wrightallison.com, on Facebook, on Instagram, and on Twitter. She loves not camping and can never have enough coffee.

… as well as the readers and supporters that comprise our community of literary coping. Our words are ours to share; our world is worth tearing apart if it means getting a chance to rebuild it from scratch.

We’re coping.