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 June 2015


James Alan McPhersonJames Alan McPherson and the Metaphor of Dance,” by James Robert Saunders.  “These days, whenever I think of James McPherson I am reminded of Tia Sillers and Mark Sanders’ 2000 Grammy-award-winning song “I Hope You Dance,” with its call for the next generation to not take anything for granted in life and, instead, ‘dance’ whenever the opportunity to do so arises. This was not always how I viewed the fiction writer.”


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.