Grove City College hosts Christian poet and writer Christine Perrin for a poetry reading 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 in the Great Room of Breen Student Union on campus.
Perrin is author of “The Art of Poetry,” a textbook for middle to high school students, and has published her own poetry in journals such as the New England Review, Seneca Review, Image, Blackbird and Christianity & Literature. She is currently the Director of Writing at Messiah College.
“We trudge day to day through a hurly-burly blizzard of emails, texts and news snippets – a cold, efficient, and often inhospitable world of pelting speech,” Dr. Joshua Mayo, assistant professor of English at the College, said. “Poetry, by contrast, is what Shakespeare called ‘the great feast of language’ – a banquet at which we revel in the beauty of words and their communicative power. Students need to step out of the cold and discover that kind of meal, that kind of festivity. Christine Perrin’s reading is sure to be such a feast.”
The poetry reading, which is free and open to the public, provides an opportunity to interact with Perrin as she discusses the intent behind her poetry. Perrin will also share her knowledge of the publishing world, her experience with Christian writing in a secular culture and how her writing is intertwined with her faith.
Perrin obtained a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, and later attended the University of Maryland to pursue a Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in poetry. Perrin has taught literature and creative writing courses at institutions such as Johns Hopkins University, Gordon College and in Pennsylvania public schools.
Perrin is a regular speaker at the CiRCE Institute and has guest-lectured at conferences of the Society for Classical Learning. She has received the PA Arts Council Artists Fellowship twice, as well as a Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference Fellowship. Perrin also works with classical schools in their curriculum and faculty development in the areas of poetry and writing. She also serves as series editor for the Writing & Rhetoric series through Classical Academic Press.