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Department of English


Christine Perrin

Adjunct Professor of English



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Office: Boyer 202

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Christine Perrin has taught literature and creative writing  at Johns Hopkins University, Messiah College, Gordon College’s Orvieto Program, and through the Pennsylvania Arts Council to students of all ages.  She consults with high schools in curriculum development and faculty development in poetry.  She is a two time recipient of the PA Arts Council Artists Fellowship and a Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference Fellowship.  Her own work appears in various journals including The New England Review, Image, TriQuarterly, Blackbird, and Christianity and Literature, The Cresset.  “The Art of Poetry” a text book for middle to high school students was published in 2009 by Classical Academic Press.  She attended Johns Hopkins as an undergraduate and the University of Maryland for graduate school.


As a writer, she enjoys tracing the genealogical relationship of one writer to another and sees writing as the highest form of reading.  She is interested in the conversation that the philosopher Gadamer thought we were meant to have with literature—one that causes us to live differently.  He describes poetry as “a nearness.”  She has learned a great deal from her students—conversation partners.  Another influential polymath is the literary critic George Steiner, who insists that as readers we are here to serve the text, to dialogue with the writer and to respond to art with art, to the extent that we are able. Some of her favorite work to do is with students writing a senior thesis—a year long writing project.  She keeps a blog at:


Christine likes to be outside in all weather, likes to watch the light change and sit and soak in it, cat-like, whenever possible, takes avid interest in her neighbor’s willow tree, cannot get enough peppermint tea, and is trying to learn yoga after a lifetime of competitive swimming.  She and her husband, Christopher, are the parents of three teenaged children—Zoe, Elle, and Noah.


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