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 graduated from Bank Street College of Education with an M.S.Ed and from the University of Florida with an MFA.
Her poems for children and adults have an accessible narrative style and examine emotions beneath the surface of the everyday. Inspired by her many years of teaching English as a Second Language, her work examines the intersection of memory and language and has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies as well as won various honors, including the Philip Levine Book Prize. She lives in Chicagoland where she works in a public library.