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. Upcoming in 2022 are essays on Yehoshua November by Liz Rosenberg; Georgi Gospodinov by Thomas McGonigle; Colum McCann by Marissa Mazek; and Angela Carter by William Repass.

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 2022

Yehoshua NovemberBody and Soul, the Poetry of Yehoshua Novemberby Liz Rosenberg

I first encountered Yehoshua November (or Josh, as I knew him then and still think of him) on the first day of poetry class at Binghamton University. He was pale, serious though quick to smile, with upright posture and a formal look. Most of the time his expression was neutral. He would have made an excellent poker player, had he gone in a different direction.

I asked the class why they were taking a poetry workshop, and heard a few standard answers—“I’ve always liked poetry,” “I want to express my feelings,” “I’m an English major,” before we got to Yehoshua.

“I want to restore the sanctity to language,” he said. And smiled—that beautiful, self-deprecating smile that charmed and disarmed the rest of us.

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.