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 Claudia Emerson (by Allison Seay), Wilma Dykeman (by Casey Clabough), Jerry Mirskin (by Howard Nelson), Sally Mann (by Martha Park), James Alan McPherson (by James Robert Saunders), Elise Partridge (by Nicholas Birns), and Ron Rash (by Jerry Wayne Wells).

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 2019

Ben LernerExperiencing Experience in Ben Lerner’s Leaving the Atocha Station and The Topeka School”  by Sydney Tammarine

“And now, to fill the void, came rage and language.” — The Topeka School

In Ben Lerner’s novels, we explore all three of these: language and also rage at its void—that is, the space between language and meaning, writer and reader, the poet’s unfailing belief in the power of literature and his simultaneous, unshakable self-consciousness when language fails. Why is it that a single text can evoke a wide range of interpretations, and what does our interpretation—our experience of a text—say about who we are as people? 

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.