Maitreyabandhu was born Ian Johnson in 1961, in Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire. He has won the Keats-Shelley Prize, the Basil Bunting Award, the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize, and the Ledbury Festival Poetry Competition. His first pamphlet The Bond won the Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition (2010) and was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award. Vita Brevis, his second pamphlet, won the iOTA Shots Award in 2011. His first full-length collection, The Crumb Road, was published in 2013 by Bloodaxe.