Christakos received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from York University in 1985.
She lived in Montreal from 1985 to 1987, settling in Toronto in 1988. She went on to pursue an Master of Arts in Education from Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in the History and Philosophy of Education in 1995. Christakos held a teaching position at OCAD from 1992-1997.
From 2004-2005 she was the University of Windsor"s Canada Council writer in residence.
Additionally, she worked under Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association Canada in the political interests of exiled writers and has contributed to numerous poetry publications and events. She was an editor with Fireweed, with Women"s Education des femmes, and with MIX: the magazine of artist-run culture.
She currently works with students through the Writers In Electronic Residence (WIER) program and The University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. She has published eight collections of poetry and a novel, numerous chapbooks and has appeared in a diverse range of literary journals and anthologies.
She is Publishing Editor of the online poetics magazine Influencysalon.ca, and since 2006 has run the course Influency: A Toronto Poetry Salon.