Michael Christie was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He moved to Vancouver immediately following high school to pursue a career in skateboarding. Shortly thereafter, he enrolled at Simon Fraser University where he earned an undergraduate degree in psychology.

After graduation, he found a job in an emergency homeless shelter on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. He worked there for five years, performing various duties including outreach and client advocacy. From there he went to an outreach program based in the Provincial Criminal Court that assisted severely mentally ill people who were charged with crimes navigate the legal system. He visited his clients in cells and searched them out in the community, often in the area's notorious hotels. During this time, he was also a sponsored skateboarder, travelling extensively, doing demonstrations, and appearing in numerous magazines.

In 2007, he moved to Victoria, BC, where he worked in a psychiatric facility for a year, until he was accepted into UBC's Creative Writing program, and moved back to Vancouver. He completed his MFA in 2010, and his fiction has appeared in various journals and has been nominated for the Journey Prize. His thesis, a collection of linked short stories entitled The Beggar's Garden, will be published in January 2011 by HarperCollins Canada. He is also a teacher, and has taught undergraduate creative writing at UBC, and along with Dave Ng, he co-founded the Science Creative Literacy Symposia, a series of science and creative writing field trips offered free to Vancouver elementary students.

Currently, he is a senior editor of Color Magazine, a skateboard culture publication, and divides his time between Galiano Island, BC, and Thunder Bay, ON. He is at work on a novel.