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. Upcoming in the Critic you’ll find essays on such writers as César Aira (by William Repass), Kay Ryan (by Duffie Taylor), Dashiell Hammett (by R.H.W. Dillard), Luc Sante (by Henry Taylor), Christian Formoso (by Sydney Tammarine), and many others.

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 February 2021

Cesar AiraThe Happiness Machines of César Aira by William Repass

In “Anywhere Out of the World,” a prose poem from Paris Spleen, Baudelaire writes, “life is a hospital in which each patient is possessed by the desire to change beds.” This line unmasks not only the morbidity, but also the compulsion—implied by the passive possédé—underlying our desire as human beings for whatever we lack, with its attached-at-the-hip disdain for whatever we have already.

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.