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 2016

Frank Ormsby“Frank Ormsby: A Legendary Poet” by Liz Rosenberg

“For nearly a half century, Frank Ormsby, one of Northern Ireland’s best loved and least-laurel-wreathed poets, has been crafting a consciously modest, low-to-the-ground poetry—deceptively simple poetry, made of the humblest, most elemental materials: not clotted cream or creme fraiche, but goat’s milk. The title of Frank Ormsby’s long-awaited poetry collection, Goat’s Milk, New & Selected Poems, speaks volumes about his work. What could be more ordinary than goat’s milk, after all?”

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.