2015 was a tough year. For many I know and for myself, it was a year of personal struggle, endurance, endless chaos, and sleepless nights. But it was also an amazing year. I learned a tremendous amount about myself and my own limits, about my desires and goals, about my priorities and what writing and poetry and community mean to me, the significance of the weather, of friends, of language, of words, of love. Part of my own realization was just how important Entropy had come to be for me and for the literary community. It’s been an increasingly valuable resource, has grown to encompass various and emotional writings, sprouted new features and series, opened opportunities for honesty and intimacy and openness, helped to foster new relationships, and has operated as a safe haven, a true literary community. For myself it’s forged a community I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of, and has taught me how genuine intimacy and friendship can be, even via online channels and social media. In Michael’s words, “We’re coping,” and the beautiful thing is, we’re coping together. I have a really good feeling about 2016. I don’t think it’ll be any easier. And we all know Michael and I don’t stop moving. But that’s okay. CCM/Entropy is one of the most amazing families I’ve had the privilege of being a part of, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Thank you so much to all the editors, contributors, readers. This is so, so much a group effort. We are all intertwined in this world. The gratitude I hold in my heart is immense. And so I look toward this new year with an open and vulnerable heart. Happy new year.
—Janice Lee (Executive Editor, Entropy)
I swear just a second ago I was sweating my ass off, hating summer while frantically finalizing the Quarter 3 Catalogue titles, and now I’m writing a final sayonara for 2015. Well, what to think about the year newly elapsed? In terms of output, we’ve put out nineteen books, which isn’t anything to underplay, and we’ve also seen the community at large—i.e. every single one of you—remaining enthusiastic and outspoken during what became quite a frigid year for the publishing industry as a whole. And you know what, that could be the best take-away: We remained as enthusiastic and energetic despite what was undoubtedly a year of change for the indie lit community. Entropy grew to embrace some of what we lost with HTMLGIANT and despite a general distaste and sense of demoralization across some indie lit circles causing people to give up and readjust their investment in literature, we continued. We remained steadfast. We’re coping—and as 2016 begins, we are putting out over twenty books, set to have the best AWP yet for our community, and all-around CCM/Entropy has an assortment of exciting developments that I can’t wait to talk about. Let’s turn up the music and keep the energy flowing. We’re in this together. Thank you for taking part. 2015 was only the beginning. \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/.
—Michael J. Seidlinger (Publisher-in-Chief, Civil Coping Mechanisms)