Author Archives: Matt Allegretti

Someone Up There Hates You Released Today in Paris

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Today is publication day of Hollis Seamon’s critically acclaimed novel,  Someone Up There Hates You,  in Paris, with the title DIEU ME DETESTE–and they really did it up right. Check out the poster on the Paris building below!

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Monday (Feburary 24) Deadline For Senior Writing Award

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Hello seniors,

This is just a friendly reminder that Monday (Feburary 24) is the deadline for the Senior Writing Award, so this weekend is your last chance to polish up your pieces. For those applying,  there’s a box for entries in Marcelle Hall, right by the mailboxes.

Deadline has been extended to 4:30 P.M. Monday. Good luck!

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Hollis Seamon’s Newest Novel Awarded One of the Year’s Best

Someone Up There

Congratulations to Hollis Seamon!  Her novel SOMEBODY UP THERE HATES  YOU has been included in the 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults list put out by the American Library Association.

SOMEBODY UP THERE HATES YOU will be translated  in Spanish (ALGUIEN ALLA ARRIBA TE ODIA) in February, French (DIEU ME DETESTE) in March, and German (EINER DA ODEN HASST MICH) in May.

Tales From the Archives

What’s an internship in English all about?
Check out Stephanie Clowe’s post, “Tales From the Archives,” about her experience at the Neil Hellman Library.

Hollis Seamon On WAMC’s Roundtable

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Hollis Seamon’s interview with Joe Donahue on the  Roundtable about her new novel, Somebody Up There Hates You, aired Friday morning. The program is now available on the WAMC website. Click here to hear her interview.

Hollis Seamon will participate in Troy Author Day at The Troy Public Library this Saturday along with Lydia Davis, Elisa Albert, Dennis Mahoney, and many other writers.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Writing: Interviews with the M.F.A. Student Samson Dikeman


Welcome to another installment of WWTA. This semester, we’re going to be interviewing the writers who make up the second class of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. This week we corresponded with Samson Dikeman over email.

Samson grew up in Altamont, NY.  He went to high school at Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons in Schenectady, NY (grad. ’07).  Samson attended three different schools for undergrad, finally deciding on SUNY Oswego, where he received a bachelors degree in English (grad. ’11). In addition, to writing poetry and fiction,  Samson is also an avid runner, competing with the Willow Street Athletic Club.

What drew you to the MFA program?

The professors and students.  I spent a few years in the MA program with a concentration on writing getting to know everyone and trying to discover my own voice.  Witnessing some of the great writing my colleagues and professors were producing made me want to be a part of the MFA experience.

What or who inspires you to write?

I am inspired to write by moments in nature.  I’ve recently taken to carrying a small notebook with me to jot down notes and images I see in my day-to-day life.

Who is your favorite author?

I don’t have a specific favorite author, really more of favorite literary movement.  I have always enjoyed post-modern fiction and poetry.

What do you hope to accomplish by the time you graduate?

I have two goals I’d like to achieve by graduation.  The first is to be published, and the second is to leave a lasting mark on this MFA program.  Many of my colleagues go out of their way to organize and plan events, which is something I hope to do during my time here.

What are your long-term goals for writing?

I just hope to be happy with my writing.  If I can find a job that let’s me write and do writing I enjoy, what more can I ask for?

What was the last good book you’ve read?

Luca Rastello’s I Am The Market.  It was  recommended to me by Professor Nester.

Hollis Seamon Interview on TV


Hollis Seamon was interviewed  in New Haven, Connecticut  last week on a show called “CT Style.” She discussed her new young adult novel, Somebody Up There Hates You, and the true-life  events that inspired the story.

Watch the interview here.

Someone Up There