Christine Poreba

(MFA, 2005)

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, young son, and furry red dog.

Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including The Sun, Subtropics, Atlanta Review, Potomac Review, Alimentum, The Southern Review, and Versedaily. Her poems for children appear in Let in the Stars. She has been awarded a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, 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 first book, Rough Knowledge, was selected by Peter Everwine as the winner of the 2014 Philip Levine Prize and will be coming out from Anhinga Press in January, 2016.

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