Creative Writing Track
Professor Christine Perrin has published poems in various journals including Agni, TriQuarterly, The New England Review, Image, American Literary Review, The Cresset and others. She has taught literature and writing at Messiah College for 10 years and has received fellowships from The Pennsylvania Council for the Arts and Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. She also has taught at Gordon College’s Orvieto program in Orvieto, Italy, and at Johns Hopkins University where she received her MFA in Creative Writing. She has taught and led workshops in various elementary and high schools throughout the United States. She especially loves the collaborative classroom environment.
Professor Perrin “lives by literature” which she says gives her “consolation, delight and wisdom.” The Psalms were her first contact with poems, then a book of a friend. She studied poetry in college as an undergraduate student and then in graduate school as both a practicing writer and as a scholar.
Perrin says she enjoys being outdoors, always eats chocolate mousse on her birthday, and has learned as much from Fyodor Dostoevsky as anyone. Perrin lives in Camp Hill, PA with her husband and three teenage children.
Dr Helen Walker teaches a bunch of writing courses at Messiah like creative writing, playwriting, freshman writing, the personal essay, and basic writing. Before Messiah, she's had fun teaching in China, the Dominican Republic, and in IL, IN, OR, WA, NY. In January, she will be off on an adventure teaching in Kenya for the semester, but before then, she is looking forward to teaching fiction and poetry to earnest and open high school students.
Writing for College Track
Professor Larry M. Lake taught high school English for ten years and has taught college writing courses at Messiah College for 28 years. For eight years he taught Advanced Placement English courses, and for six summers he worked for the Educational Testing Service as a reader of essays from the AP English exams. He has published a number of articles, co-authored a memoir of a seaplane pilot, and has written a book about a New Guinea expedition.
Professor Lake graduated from Wheaton College and received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. He has studied writing at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and has taught college courses on travel writing, memoir, and short fiction. Professor Lake lived for nine years in New Guinea, taught English for half a year in Jakarta, Indonesia, and has studied anthropology and botany in the Netherlands and Hawaii.
One of Professor Lake's specialties is helping new college students in their transition from high school to college. Professor Lake lives in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.