Lina Mounzer was born in Beirut in 1978.
She has spent most of her life in Lebanon, save for a few formative years in Canada, which amputated her mother tongue and led to her strange position as an Arab living in the Middle East but writing exclusively in English.
Her first short story, »The One-Eyed Man«, appeared in Hikayat: An Anthology of Lebanese Women’s Writing, published by Telegram Books. She is a regular contributor to Bidoun magazine, a review of contemporary art and culture in the Middle East, where she writes personal essays about growing up in Beirut.
Her work has also appeared in the second Goldfish anthology, published in 2008. In 2005, she received the Chevening-Said Foundation Fellowship which enabled her to travel to the UK and complete her MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College in London. Since coming back to Beirut in 2006, she has been teaching Creative Writing at the American University of Beirut. She is currently at work on her first novel.