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 February 2017

Jackson-Merrill“Susan Scarf Merrell: Recapturing the Essence of Shirley Jackson” by James Robert Saunders

One of our more enigmatic writers, Shirley Jackson, looms high in the literary canon most particularly for her haunting 1948 tale “The Lottery,” about a woman who momentarily excuses herself from her housework in order to participate in one of her village’s civic activities that will ultimately result in her being stoned to death. When, in a rare interview, she was asked what the story meant, Jackson gave a rather cryptic answer, saying that it was a story that suddenly came to her as she was carrying her groceries up a steep hill while simultaneously pushing her baby’s stroller, the implication being that the stress of that situation made her so inclined to create the macabre tale.”

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.