#45: Christine Perrin on Poetry and the Moral Imagination

Welcome to Season 4 of The Classical Homeschool Podcast. At the Classical Homeschool Podcast, our heart is to take on the work of wrestling through the, sometimes difficult and philosophical, ideas presented throughout the classical education movement and bring them down to earth, specifically and practically for the classical homeschooling mom. This season we are focusing our efforts on understanding the moral imagination in relationship to classical education with our spine text of Tending the Heart of Virtue by Vigen Guroian and, of course, Norms and Nobility by David Hicks.

We had the pleasure of chatting with this accomplished guest about poetry and the moral imagination. It was an exciting conversation that leaves the listener with much to consider about how poetry is being read and even where we are not engaging poetry in our lives.

Christine Perrin, MFA, is the director of writing at Messiah College and has taught literature and creative writing at Johns Hopkins University, with Gordon College’s Orvieto Program, through the Pennsylvania Arts Council to students of all ages, and at the local classical school where her children attended. She attended Johns Hopkins as an undergraduate student and earned her MFA from the University of Maryland. Christine consults with classical schools in curriculum development and faculty development in poetry and writing, and speaks regularly at the CiRCE Institute as well as the Society for Classical Learning conferences. 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, Christianity and Literature, The Cresset, and most recently in her book of poems, Bright Mirror, published by St Catherine Press. Christine is the series editor for the Writing & Rhetoric series and the author of The Art of Poetry, a textbook for middle and high school students. Christine and her husband, Christopher, are the parents of three grown children: Zoë, Elle, and Noah.

“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23 ESV

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