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 December 2015


Ron RashLike Farmers Drilling For Water”: A Landscape of Ron Rash’s Fiction, by Jerry Wayne Wells. “Miles off the highway, back in an Appalachian cove so narrow the sun visits only at high noon, a spring quietly raises water up from a deep underground aquifer. Downstream, the water trickles through bedrock to build to a flooding roar. This spring is a natural equivalent for Ron Rash: both draw strength from a geologic source; both harness the same steady, unassuming, Orphean power that reaches far beyond its own upswelling.”

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.