Hollis Seamon's blog
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.