The Hollins Critic, published five times a year, presents the first serious surveys of the whole bodies of contemporary writers’ work, with complete checklists. Upcoming in 2023 are essays on Steve Tomasula by Hanna Hadjadj; Joel Oppenheimer by M. G. Stephens; Julian Rios by Thomas McGonigle; and Marie Howe 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 Rebekah Lowell M.F.A. ’19.

Excerpt From April 2023

“Joel Oppenheimer  – The Ephus: Alpha Dog in the East Village” by M. G. Stephens

That first night at the poetry workshop in the Old Courthouse on Second Avenue at 2nd Street Joel Oppenheimer was late. His two assistants, Anne Waldman and Joel Sloman, nervously awaited his arrival. The room was filled up with an assortment of young writers, many of whom seemed to know one another. I would learn that many of them attended classes at the City College of New York up in Harlem, and also were studying poetry with the poet Paul Blackburn.

Writer’s Guidelines

  • Note: The Hollins Critic reads poetry from September 15 to December 1 each year.
  • The Critic does not accept unsolicited essays. We rarely accept unsolicited book reviews.
  • The Critic does not publish fiction.