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

Roxane Gay, founder of Tiny Hardcore

Nathan Carter, Associate Editor

Adrienne Crezo, Deputy Editor

Janice Lee, #RECURRENT Series Editor

Allison Wright, CCM Tiny Hardcore Editor

… 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.