Ibrahim Nasrallah was born in 1954 to Palestinian parents who were evicted from their land in 1948. He spent his childhood and youth in the Alwehdat Palestinian Refugee Camp in Amman, Jordan and began his working life as a teacher in Saudi Arabia. After returning to Amman, he worked as a journalist and for the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation.
Since 2006 he has been a full-time writer and has so far published fourteen poetry collections and fourteen novels. He is in the process of writing a Palestinian epic covering 250 years of modern Palestinian history in seven novels. Three of his novels and a volume of poetry have been translated into English, including his novel Time of White Horses, which was IPAF-shortlisted in 2009. Three works have been translated into Italian, and a novel each into Danish and Turkish.
He is also an artist and photographer and has had four solo exhibitions of his photography. He has won eight prizes, among them the prestigious Sultan Owais Literary Award for Poetry in 1997, and his novel Prairies of Fever was chosen by the Guardian newspaper as one of the ten most important novels written by Arabs or non-Arabs about the Arab world. In 2012 he won the inaugural Jerusalem Award for Culture and Creativity for his literary work.