Andrew Sant was born in London and educated there and in Melbourne after his family migrated to Australia. His poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies. He is the author of seven collections of poems, including Brushing the Dark (1980), Album of Domestic Exiles (1997) and Russian Ink (2001). His book-length series of poems The Islanders, not represented in his new volume of selected poems from Arc, The Unmapped Page: Selected Poems, appeared in 2002.
He co-founded the literary quarterly Island, based in Tasmania, and served as an editor for ten years. He is a former member of both the Literature Board of the Australia Council and the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board. In 2001 he was writer-in-residence at the University of Peking in Beijing, China. In 2003, he is Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at Leicester University. He has read in numerous countries including China, Germany, Italy, Malta, New Zealand, Sweden and the UK, and his poems have been translated into several languages.