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 April 2017

Helen SimonsonThe Awful Fragility of Love: Helen Simonson’s Sussex Novels by Amanda Cockrell

“Helen Simonson waited until she was in her forties to write her first novel, but it’s clear that she was watching people with a shrewd eye while she waited. Like the writer Mr. Tillingham in The Summer Before the War, she has a preference for telling the stories that her characters might not want told, although presumably her nature is not as cannibalistic as his.

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.