Corporeality has gotten a couple of very nice reviews and I've been interviewed by BookLoverBook Review about the collection. Take a look.
Publishers Weekly review: http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-927409-03-9
Some exciting events happening this month and next, all having to do with my new Corporeality collection of stories. Here's a list:
Wednesday, February 20: My son Tobias and I will be interviewed on the public radio program, Roundtable, hosted by Joe Donahue at WAMC Northeast Public Radio. (www.wamc.org ). Tobias's new book is a novella, The Fair Grounds, published by P.S. Publishing in the UK.
Today is the day that Corporeality is officially released! It's now available online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and also in book stores (and directly from Able Muse Press, of course). Yay! I'm excited and very pleased with the lovely cover art and the whole feel of the book. Now I hope that readers are pleased with the stories.
Very proud and excited to announce that my son Tobias's new novella, The Fair Grounds, is now available for preorder from P.S. Publishing in the UK. This is Tobias's third book, following his novel, The Magician's Study (Turtle Point Press 2004) and his collection of short stories, The Emperor's Toy Chest (P.S.
I've just returned from the residency for Fairfield University's MFA in Creative Writing Program, where I teach fiction writing. It was held, as always, on Enders Island in CT and it was, as always, an amazing experience. I delivered the faculty address for the graduation of the 5th cohort of students to receive their MFA degrees, the class called by Daisy Abreu, the student speaker for the event, the "blizzard cohort," since they first arrived on the island in the midst of a huge storm.
It's often been noted, most recently in the New York Times Magazine (Sunday, December 16, 2012), that the poet Emily Dickinson was more famous in her home town of Amherst, MA for her baking than for her writing, during her own lifetime at least. That makes sense: she didn't, apparently, hide pieces of her gingerbread in the attic, sewn together with small stitches, as she did some of her poems. She baked and gave the product away. She had, I suppose, much less paranoia about her baking than about her confections made of words. Who doesn't?
A whole lot of new-ness going on! I am very grateful to Alex Pepple of Able Muse Press, first, for publishing my new story collection, Corporeality, and, second, for doing such a thoughtful, insightful and elegant job with editing the stories, creating the beautiful cover design, and everything else. The whole process has been a great pleasure and I can't wait to hold the book in my hands.
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.