Andy was raised in rural Central Illinois, the son of a farmer and a middle-school math teacher.

After earning his BS in Advertising from the University of Illinois, he worked as a project coordinator and copywriter at the Chicago marketing firm The SQAD Company, where his clients included Amoco, BP, and Mobil. During this time he began studying poetry, eventually returning to the University of Illinois as a student in the graduate creative writing program. In 2005 he moved to the University of Georgia, where he earned his PhD in English. From 2010 to 2012 he taught business communication to students in the College of Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), where he held a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellowship. He now serves as Associate Director of Georgia Tech’s Writing and Communication Program.

Andy is the author of a book of poetry, The Body, The Rooms, selected by Ruth Ellen Kocher for the Subito Press book prize and published in 2011. He is also the author of a chapbook published in 2010, That The World Should Never Again Be Destroyed By Flood, selected by Dan Beachy-Quick as winner of the New American Press chapbook competition. His poetry appears widely, and his book reviews and criticism appear regularly in Verse, The Quarterly Conversation, and The Kenyon Review.