Christine Poreba grew up on the fourteenth floor of an apartment building on the Lower East Side of New York City. After graduating from Swarthmore College, where she majored in Latin American and French Literature, she lived and taught English in Costa Rica to two hundred elementary school students in a kitchen-classroom of a French-Costa Rican school. She returned to her native New York City and taught young children while earning an MSE from Bank Street College of Education before moving to Gainesville for a poetry MFA from the University of Florida. Christine teaches English as a Second Language to adults in Tallahassee, Florida, where she lives with her husband and son.  Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including The Sun Magazine,  SubtropicsAtlanta ReviewPotomac ReviewAlimentumThe Southern Review, and Versedaily, as well as anthologies.  Her work has won various honors, including The Florida Review Editors Prize, an award from the  Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation, and the Philip Levine Book Prize.