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 2018

Image of Robert BlyRereading The Fifties, The Sixties and The Seventies  by Henry Taylor

“In the spring of 1961, toward the end of my first year at the University of Virginia, James Dickey came through town briefly, not to make any public appearance, but to visit a few people, including Fred Bornhauser, an English instructor who was then unofficially teaching a small poetry seminar in which I was a participant. During lunch one day, Dickey talked about a poet in rural Minnesota named Robert Bly, who was publishing a small magazine called The Sixties.”

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.