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 june 2018

Drawing of Jane GentryStars For a Dark World: The Poems of Jane Gentry”  by Lynnell Edwards

“. . .from here the stars redeem / the dark that makes them shine.”

(“Hunting for a Christmas Tree After Dark”) 

And of darkness there is plenty in Jane Gentry’s freshly published volume of new and collected poems. There is the darkness of night—in the field, in the cemetery, as she looks into it from her bedroom. There are shadows and tunnels, there are crows, and there is dark, primal dirt.”

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.