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 John Engels (by David Huddle), James McCourt (by David Rollow), Jane Hirshfield (by Jeanne Larsen), Edwidge Danticat (by Denise Shaw), Vern Rutsala (by Lewis Turco), Sarah Arvio (by Lisa Williams), and Milton Kessler (by Liz Rosenberg).

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 2016

Wilma Dykeman

“Appalachian Renaissance Woman: The Works of Wilma Dykeman” by Casey Clabough. “She once asserted that she could never hope to write like Eudora Welty, but that she could prove just as valuable in other ways. Quite a lofty comparative aspiration nonetheless. Yet the facts of Wilma Dykeman’s life and work bear it out. As one critic concluded in the wake of her death in 2006:

In some respects the best thing about our recent history, social as well as literary, has been Wilma Dykeman. More than one person has said that she should have been governor of North Carolina and Tennessee at the same time. She would have dried up acid rain produced by coal-fired power plants, renewed the rivers and forests, and controlled canine populations.”

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.