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 June 2016

Jerry Mirskin“The Hard Part Is Knowing What To Say: The Poetry Of Jerry Mirskin” by Howard Nelson

“I have to admit to being favorably disposed right from the start to a book of poems that begins with the lines, “I called my uncle. I had something to tell him. / Out of the clear blue, he sent me five hundred dollars.” A simple, four-word sentence. A solid, ordinary, interesting word like “uncle.” A practical phrase like “five hundred dollars.” A story forming.”

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.