Chris Bernstorf

Chris Bernstorf

Creative writing and history, 2012

I wouldn’t be the spoken word poet that I am today without the help and guidance from Dr. Sascha Feinstein. It was at Lycoming that I learned the art of poetry and how to hone my craft.

As a hybrid artist in the written and spoken poetry fields, I can participate in both worlds. My work has been admired by those who write traditional page poetry, people involved in the spoken word scene, and also people involved in the hardcore, metal, rock and indie music scenes where I typically spend most of my time performing.

I’m a spoken word poet who’s both a child of the hardcore music scene and academic poetry – a strange, strange match indeed, but I think it’s given my art, from my style and sensibilities to where I perform, a unique flavor and voice.

My faith in God helped me learn to love everything around me, something that I explore in my poetry. Although creative writing is a challenging field and can be brutal at times, I enjoy the opportunity to engage the human experience, to explore the world and the human soul, and to be invigorated by the joy of creating art.

Art is a way of seeing. I create art because God has gifted me with the ability to do so. I haven’t regretted it for a moment, and it’s been one of the most rewarding and blessed decisions of my life.

I credit my experiences here as helping me become the person I am today. The liberal arts education exposed me to different disciplines while expanding my knowledge base. I’m smarter in academic terms, wiser as human being, a stronger writer, a better person, and, most importantly, closer to God because of my time at Lycoming.