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 Ben Lerner (by Sydney Tammarine), Jeanne Larsen (by Marissa Mazek), Ruth Ozeki (by Ellen Louise Ray, Neil Jordan (by Kelly Cherry), Robert Wrigley (by Henry Taylor), and László Krasznahorkai (by Thomas McGonigle).

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 2020

Martha TreichlerMartha Treichler and the State of Poetry”  by Howard Nelson

Art is a big country. The United States is a big country—too big to have a culture you can get your mind around. When there were poetry anthologies that picked out, say, twenty poets who supposedly represented contemporary American poetry, there was a certain satisfaction in it. You could think you knew what was happening in American poetry.

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.