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 2019

Drawing of Jeanne Larsen“Weaving Women’s Voices: Jeanne Larsen’s Poetry and Fiction”  by Marissa Mazek

After thirty-nine years of teaching creative writing, literature, and pedagogy at Hollins University, Jeanne Larsen is retiring. She has taught generations of women and men how to read, write, and think both critically and creatively. This legacy is immense and unquantifiable, for it persists in the minds and the works of those she has shaped. But Larsen has done even more than serve as a gifted and beloved professor; since 1979, she has published nine books, including two translations of Chinese women poets, three collections of poetry, and four novels. 

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.