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 June 2019

Drawing of Maxine KuminA Mentorship With Maxine”  by Lee Robinson

Maxine Kumin died in 2014, at 89, but I still hear her voice every day. She gets right to the point: “Probably not,” she says about the second paragraph of my short story. She’s always my internal editor. “Cut?” she scribbles next to a line drawn through the third stanza of my poem-in-progress. And lest I get too discouraged: “But def. worth working on.” 

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.