christina lengyel BiographY
Christina likes to take the long way around. An interest in folklore sent her to West Chester University's Anthropology department. From there, classes in culture and linguistics and the experiences of a professor prompted her to visit Ghana, West Africa as a secondary school English teacher, where her goal of using writing to serve and change her local, national, and global communities came into focus. After completing her degree, she moved to Los Angeles where she served as an Americorps VISTA with UCLA Bruincorps at Audubon Middle School.
During that time, she began discussions with Mary-Helen and Bill Rossi about serving YATMA (then EMTAH) in West Chester, PA upon her return. Stepping into a number of different organizational roles including co-founding the Creating Voices initiative with Austen Goodman and while living in a number of different cities, she found employment in areas as varied as psychiatric rehabilitation and the restaurant industry.
She earned her MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing at the University of Baltimore in 2013 where she also completed an internship with a Baltimore writing and literacy organization, CityLit Kids. She currently serves on the board of YATMA and works in Harrisburg, PA as a sales tax research analyst and marketing content writer for a technology company. Her priority remains her writing. Her collection of short stories, What Might Have Been Lost, was published in May 2013 under Creep House Publishing, and she is working on independent writing as well as a collaborative novel with writing partner, Patrick Kelly.