Anthony Taylor Dunn was born in New York City in 1958 and spent his childhood in Connecticut and summers in Maine. He was educated at Hebron Academy and graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in English Literature. He worked in the banking industry in Connecticut and Boston, and it was in Boston where he began writing poetry culminating in a collection of narrative poems, Sunbathing on the Bottom of the Atlantic. His poems have been published in literary journals such as, Slant: A Journal of Poetry and Poetry East. Dunn is the grandson of Bert Leston Taylor, the journalist, author, and poet.

Dunn lives with his wife and their daughter in Charlotte, North Carolina during the winter months and summers at his childhood home on the coast of Maine.