Biography

Hollis Seamon

Corporeality, Hollis Seamon's new collection of stories, published by Able Muse Press, will be available in January 2013.  Alan Davis has called this “. . . a wonderful collection of stories, dazzling and unsentimental, full of everyday tragedies, fairy-tale motifs, and rambunctious, life-affirming characters.” Hollis's young adult novel, Somebody Up There Hates You, will be published in September 2013 with Algonquin Books.

Hollis's mystery novel, Flesh, was published by Memento Mori Mysteries of Avocet Press in 2005. Hollis's book of short stories, Body Work, was published by Spring Harbor Press in 2000. A Publishers Weekly review (April 10, 2000) described the book: “The lives of women and girls are unconventionally and richly explored in Body Work by Hollis Seamon. With precise prose alternately chatty and subtly resonant, Seamon delves into female adolescence, body issues, sexuality, relationships between mothers and daughters, and other themes, often keenly revealing the magical, uncanny and symbolic meanings in everyday life.” Douglas Glover called the book, “A sexy, edgy collection of stories about women on the brink.”

Seamon's short stories have recently appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Fiction International, The Greensboro Review, The Nebraska Review, Persimmon Tree, and The Chicago Review.  Her work has been included in anthologies such as The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review (Bellevue Literary Press, 2008), Celestial Electric Set (Emrys Foundation, 2008), and The Strange History of Suzanne LaFleshe and Other Stories of Women and Fatness (The Feminist Press, 2003).  Her short story “Death is the New Sleep” won the 2009 Al Blanchard Award for Short Crime Fiction and was included in Quarry: Crime Stories by New England Writiers (Level Best Books, 2010).  A recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fiction Fellowship, Hollis is Professor of English at the College of Saint Rose in Albany NY and teaches for the Fairfield University MFA in Creative Writing Program.  She lives in Kinderhook NY.