Hollins Critic

The Hollins Critic, published five times a year, presents the first serious surveys of the whole bodies of contemporary writers’ work, with complete checklists. In past issues, you’ll find essays on such writers as John Engels (by David Huddle), James McCourt (by David Rollow), Jane Hirshfield (by Jeanne Larsen), Edwidge Danticat (by Denise Shaw), Vern Rutsala (by Lewis Turco), Sarah Arvio (by Lisa Williams), and Milton Kessler (by Liz Rosenberg).

The Hollins Critic also offers brief reviews of books you want to know about and poetry by poets both new and established. And every issue has a cover portrait by Susan Avishai M.A. ’02.

Excerpt from December 2014

“The Dogs of Literature –  Seymour Krim: Bottom Dog, Part I” : “Seymour KrimThe Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery started in 1966 with a grant from the then Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, a President Johnson initiative to help at risk youth. Joel Oppenheimer was appointed its director, and he was the one who came up with the name—the Poetry Project. Joel was nothing if not a namer of things; he also christened Mickey Ruskin’s avant-garde artist and writer’s bar Max’s Kansas City, after Max Finstein, the man who ran off with Joel’s first wife.”

Writer’s Guidelines

  • Note: The Hollins Critic will not be reading poetry again until September 15, 2015.
  • The Critic does not accept unsolicited essays. We rarely accept unsolicited book reviews.
  • The Critic does not publish fiction.