T.J. Anderson III was born in Guthrie, Oklahoma. He received a BA from the University of Massachusetts, an MFA from the University of Michigan, and a PhD from SUNY Binghamton.
He is the author of the poetry collections Devonte Travels the Sorry Route (Omnidawn, 2019), Cairo Workbook (Willow Books, 2014), and River to Cross (Backwaters Press, 2009). He is also the author of Notes to Make the Sound Come Right: Four Innovators of Jazz Poetry (University of Arkansas Press, 2004).
Of his work, Khaled Mattawa writes, "Lyrical, linguistically inventive, and deadly serious, Anderson wields surrealism to create surprising metaphors and revelatory dream symbols for our age, for the struggles our spirits and bodies engage."
Anderson lives in Roanoke, Virginia, where he teaches at Hollins University.