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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Hollins University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Hollins University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Hollins University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Hollins University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Hollins University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Hollins University.

Alumni include Richard McCann, Kiran Desai and many more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Hollins University?” and “Which celebrities are Hollins University alumni?”

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Margaret Wise Brown is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Hollins University Alumni
Author, Writer Golden MacDonald is a writer.

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Richard McCann is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Hollins University Alumni
Professor, Writer Richard McCann is a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. He lives in Washington, D.C., where he is a longtime professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at American University. A gay ...more

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Annie Dillard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Hollins University Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Author Annie Dillard is an American author, best known for her narrative prose in both fiction and non-fiction. She has published works of poetry, essays, prose, and literary criticism, as well as two ...more

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Donna Richardson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Hollins University Alumni
Television producer, Author, Personal trainer Donna Richardson Joyner is an American fitness and aerobics instructor, author and ESPN television sports commentator. Widely known for her series of fitness videos, she was appointed in 2006 by ...more

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Natasha Trethewey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Hollins University Alumni
Poet, Professor, Writer Natasha Trethewey is an American poet who was appointed United States Poet Laureate in June 2012; she began her official duties in September. She won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her ...more

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Sally Mann is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Hollins University Alumni
Artist, Photographer Sally Mann is an American photographer, best known for her large black-and-white photographs—at first of her young children, then later of landscapes suggesting decay and death.

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Ann Compton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Hollins University Alumni
Journalist, TV Journalist Ann Compton is an American former news reporter and White House correspondent for ABC News Radio.

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Kiran Desai is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Hollins University Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Kiran Desai is an Indian author. Her novel The Inheritance of Loss won the 2006 Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award.

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Ruth Hale is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Hollins University Alumni
Activist, Writer Ruth Hale was a freelance writer who worked for women's rights in New York City, USA, during the era before and after World War I. She was married to journalist Heywood Broun and was an ...more

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Madison Smartt Bell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Hollins University Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Madison Smartt Bell is an American novelist. He is known for his trilogy of novels about Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution, published 1995–2004.

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Carol Semple is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Hollins University Alumni
Carol Semple Golfer Carol Semple is an American golfer who participated only on the amateur circuit, and never turned pro. Semple was born in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. She is from a prominent golfing family; her ...more

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Henry S. Taylor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Hollins University Alumni
Poet, Professor, Author Henry Splawn Taylor is an American poet, author of more than 15 books of poems and winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Taylor was born in Lincoln, Virginia, in rural Loudoun County, ...more

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Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Hollins University Alumni
Lee Smith Writer Lee Smith is an American fiction author who typically incorporates much of her background from the Southeastern United States in her works. She has received writing awards, such as the O. Henry ...more

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Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Hollins University Alumni
Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey Novelist Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey is an American journalist and playwright.

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Ellen Malcolm is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Hollins University Alumni
Ellen Malcolm Ellen R. Malcolm is an activist with a long career in American politics, particularly in political fundraising. She founded EMILY's List in 1985 and served as its president until 2010. She is an ...more

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Scott Cairns is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Hollins University Alumni
Scott Cairns Scott Cairns, PhD is an American poet, memoirist, librettist, and essayist.

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Laura Gray-Street is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Hollins University Alumni
Laura Gray-Street Poet Laura-Gray Street is an American poet.

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Jenny Boully is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Hollins University Alumni
Jenny Boully Jenny Boully is the author of The Book of Beginnings and Endings, The Body:An Essay, and [one love affair]*. Her work has appeared in literary magazines such as Boston Review, Conjunctions, ...more

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Pamela J. H. Slutz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Hollins University Alumni
Pamela J. H. Slutz Pamela Jo Howell Slutz was a career member of the Senior United States Foreign Service who served as U.S. Ambassador to Burundi from November 2009 until February 2012 and as U.S. Ambassador to ...more

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Stella F. Thayer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Hollins University Alumni
Stella F. Thayer Stella F. Thayer is president of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Thayer, president of Tampa Bay Downs, succeeded John T. von Stade, becoming the museum's ninth president in 2005. ...more

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Callie V. Granade is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Hollins University Alumni
Callie V. Granade Callie Virginia Smith "Ginny" Granade is a district judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama. She joined the court in 2002 after being nominated ...more

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Betsy B. Carr is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Hollins University Alumni
Betsy B. Carr Teacher Betsy B. Carr is a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 69th district, which includes part of Richmond and Chesterfield County.

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Roland Lazenby is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Hollins University Alumni
Roland Lazenby Roland Lazenby is an American sportswriter and educator. Lazenby has written more than five dozen nonfiction books, mainly about basketball and American football. These include Fifty Years of ...more

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A. Katherine Grieb is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Hollins University Alumni
A. Katherine Grieb The Rev. Dr. A. Katherine "Kathy" Grieb has taught New Testament at Virginia Theological Seminary since 1994. She has also taught at Bangor Theological Seminary in Maine. She has a ...more

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Linda Lorimer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Hollins University Alumni
Linda Lorimer Linda Koch Lorimer is Vice President for Global and Strategic Initiatives at Yale University and is responsible for an array of administrative departments. She developed and oversees Yale’s ...more