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 currently writes and 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, Subtropics, Atlanta Review, Potomac Review, Alimentum, The Southern Review, and Versedaily. She has been awarded a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, The Florida Review's 2015 Editors' Prize and a nomination for a Pushcart Prize, residencies at Ragdale Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts, as well as prizes from The Atlantic and the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation. Her book, Rough Knowledge, won the 2014 Philip Levine Prize.