Celia Dropkin was born Tsilye Levine in Bobruisk on December 5, 1887. She had a traditional early education and then completed the Russian gymnasium.
She headed to Kiev for further study and was mentored by the Hebrew writer Uri Nissan Gnessin, who encouraged her writing.
After returning home and marrying in 1909, the young couple was forced to emigrate because of her husband’s Bundist activism. In New York, she continued writing and in 1918 began publishing her first Yiddish poems to great acclaim.
Dropkin died on August 17, 1956.