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 2017

Drawing of S.S. VanDineS. S. Van Dine: Fragments and Divagations”  by R.H.W. Dillard

At one point, not so very long ago and roused to action by a certain literary flattening I was noticing, especially in the intentionally unintelligible poems of certain younger poets who were gaining some small reputation as Neo-Dadaists or Ashberian echolaliasts, I was planning to sub-title this essay ‘How Willard Huntington Wright Became S. S. Van Dine and Accidentally Created Post-Modernism.’”


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.