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 Ben Lerner (by Sydney Tammarine), Jeanne Larsen (by Marissa Mazek), Ruth Ozeki (by Ellen Louise Ray, Neil Jordan (by Kelly Cherry), Robert Wrigley (by Henry Taylor), and László Krasznahorkai (by Thomas McGonigle).

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 2020

W.D. EhrhartW. D. Ehrhart: A Poet of Fact and Witness”  by M.G. Stephens

An his 1987 prose chapbook Going Back, the Vietnam War poet W. D. Ehrhart describes meeting a 67-year-old woman who lost five sons to the American War. She lives in a small hamlet in Cu Chi District, “thirty-five kilometers west of the city that was once called Saigon.” Speaking in her native Vietnamese, her remarks are translated by an interpreter, who in turn tells Ehrhart that so many of her sons were given to the Revolution, “and all five of them are dead.” The old woman goes on to address Bill Ehrhart directly, saying, “you did this to me.”

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.