Dimitri Nasrallah was born in 1977, during the Lebanese civil war. In 1981, his family went into exile, living in Athens, Kuwait, and Dubai before immigrating to Canada in 1988. He received a Bachelor’s degree from York University in 2001, and then a Master’s degree from Concordia University in 2003. He currently lives in Montreal. His first novel, Blackbodying, has received national acclaim in Canada. The novel won the 2005 Quebec Writer’s Federation McAuslan First Book Prize, and was a finalist for the 2005 Grand Prix Du Livre de Montreal and a 2005 Independent Publishers’ Book Prize. His short story “The Forested Knolls of Elbasan” won the 2006 CBC Quebec Short Story Competition. Apart from his creative work, he is a cultural critic whose writing has appeared in the Montreal Gazette, Montreal Review of Books, Exclaim!, Toronto’s Eye Weekly, and Urb.