He was born in Ames, Iowa, in 1979.
He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His first book of poems, Iowa, was published in 2010 by Letter Machine Editions, and his first novel, Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder, was published by Coffee House Press in 2010. His most recent book of poems, See Me Improving, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2010, and his most recent novel, The More You Ignore Me, was published by Coffee House Press in 2013.
He now lives in Georgia 
- Iowa, Letter Machine Editions, 2010, ISBN 9780981522739
- See Me Improving, Copper Canyon Press, 2010, ISBN 9781556593123
- Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder. Coffee House Press. 1 May 2010. ISBN 978-1-56689-270-4.
- The More You Ignore Me, Coffee House Press, 2013, ISBN 9781566893213
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- "Copper Canyon Press. A nonprofit publisher dedicated to poetry". www.coppercanyonpress.org. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
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- "Travis Nichols (@travisjnichols) - Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
- "REVIEW: "The More You Ignore Me,' by Travis Nichols". Retrieved 31 July 2018.