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. She recently relocated to the Chicago area after living and teaching English as a Second Language in Tallahassee, Florida for fifteen years. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies and has won various honors, including the Philip Levine Book Prize.