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. Upcoming in the Critic you’ll find essays on such writers as César Aira (by William Repass), Kay Ryan (by Duffie Taylor), Dashiell Hammett (by R.H.W. Dillard), Luc Sante (by Henry Taylor), Christian Formoso (by Sydney Tammarine), and many others.

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 october 2021

Lucy Sante“Representing the Whole World: The Prose of Lucy Santeby Henry Taylor

As this essay was going to press, its subject announced on September 19, 2021 that henceforth she is Lucy Sante, and that her preferred pronouns are the traditional feminine ones. In making the last-minute changes that I hope are consistent with her wishes, I have refrained from further developing a few observations about how latent identity has interested this writer, all of whose books have been signed by the name she was given at birth.

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.