Hollis Seamon

Reading at the College of Saint Rose, March 2013. Photo by Dan Dyksen.

Signing ARCs of SOMEBODY UP THERE HATES YOU, Book Expo, May 2013. Photo by Dan Dyksen.


Hollis's Young Adult novel, SOMEBODY UP THERE HATES YOU, will be out in September 2013, published by Algonquin Young Readers. The novel has received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly. Will Schwalbe, author of THE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB, calls the novel "Funny, harrowing, and wildly profane."

Hollis's new collection of short stories, CORPOREALITY, was released in January 2013 by Able Muse Press. Alan Davis, author of SO BRAVELY VEGETATIVE, calls the book "a wonderful collection of stories, dazzling and unsentimental, full of everyday tragedies, fairy-tale motifs, and rambunctious, life-affirming characters...."

Her mystery novel FLESH features "the endlessly fascinating graduate student Suzanne Brown, who has renamed herself 'Suzanne LaFleshe'.... LaFleshe's ubiquitous, skinny, rustic, yet devilishily efficient assistant is almost as intriguing as the heroine, but with an entirely different set of neuroses." (ForeWord Magazine, July/​August 2005). The main character of FLESH also appears in the title story of an anthology from The Feminist Press, THE STRANGE HISTORY OF SUZANNE LaFLESHE: AND OTHER STORIES OF WOMEN AND FATNESS (November 2003).

Hollis Seamon’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 Nebraska Review, The Chicago Review, Calyx, and Persimmon Tree. Her work has been included in anthologies such as The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review (Bellevue Literary Press, 2008), The Strange History of Suzanne LaFleshe and Other Stories of Womean and Fatness (Feminist Press), Food and Other Enemies: Stories of Consuming Desire (Essex Press, 2000), A Line of Cutting Women (Calyx Books, 1998), and Sacred Ground: Writings About Home (Milkweed Editions, 1996). Her stories have also been noted in Best American Essays 1998 and O. Henry Prize Stories: The Best of 1997. Seamon has received a fiction fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her short story, "Death is the New Sleep" won the 2009 Al Blanchard Award for short crime fiction and is available in a Kindle edition.

Hollis Seamon lives in Kinderhook NY and is Professor of English at the College of Saint Rose in Albany NY. She also teaches for the Fairfield University MFA in Creative Writing Program in Fairfield, CT.

Selected Works

short story excerpt
Title story in anthology "The Strange History of Suzanne LaFleshe" (The Feminist Press, Fall 2003.)

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