Author: Katherine Gray

associate professor of English at the University of Lynchburg in Lynchburg, Virginia

Hollins Critic, The

The Hollins Critic is a journal of literary criticism published five times a year through Hollins University in Roanoke. Founded in 1964 by Louis Rubin Jr., the journal was intended to promote new writers of fiction and poetry through an experimental form the editors described as “literary journalism.” When the journal debuted, they announced their plan to deliver in each issue a critical essay on “a new book by an important younger writer [that] will be considered at some length, not only in its own right but in its relationship to the writer’s other publications.” The Critic later chose to publish issues featuring established writers who had added new noteworthy volumes to their works. Not all of the journal’s subjects have been American writers.