Born in Athens, Georgia, Brian Teare grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He received a BA in English and creative writing from the University of Alabama and an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University in 2000. His collections of poetry include The Room Where I Was Born (2003), winner of the Brittingham Prize and the 2004 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry, and Sight Map (2009).
Teare was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in creative writing at Stanford University and has received fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and the MacDowell Colony. A critic as well as a poet, his work has appeared in Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (2006) and At the Barriers: On the Poetry of Thom Gunn (2009). Teare lives in the San Francisco Bay area, where he practices bookbinding and printing.