Andrea Hollander was born in Berlin, Germany, to American parents and raised in the United States. She earned a BS in English and education from Boston University and an MA in comparative literature and oral interpretation from the University of Colorado. Her poetry collections include the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize–winning House without a Dreamer (1993), The Other Life (2001), Woman in the Painting (2006), and Landscape with Female Figure: New and Selected Poems, 1982-2012. Hollander is also the editor of the anthology When She Named Fire: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by American Women (2009).

Hollander has won two fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as two Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships in Poetry. For 12 years, she was a writer-in-residence at Lyon College in Arkansas. She lives in Portland, Oregon.