Liana Badr was born in 1950 in Jerusalem to a nationalist family, and was raised in Jericho. She obtained a BA in philosophy and psychology from the Beirut Arab University. She was not able to complete her MA due to the Lebanese civil war. She worked as a volunteer in various Palestinian women’s organizations, and as an editor in the Al Hurriyyareview cultural section. After the 1982 Palestinian exodus from Lebanon, she lived in Damascus, Tunis, Amman, and returned to Palestine in 1994. In addition to her literary work, she also runs the Cinema department at the Palestinian ministry of culture in Ramallah, and was also the editor of the ministry’s periodical: Dafater Thaqafiyya.
Badr published her first novel in Beyrouth in 1979, "A Compass for the Sunflower". She has also published since, short story collections, novellas, a book about poet Fadwa Touqan. Liana Badr has also published five children’s books from 1980 to 1991. Her works have been translated into a number of languages. Her works mainly focus on themes of women and war, and exile. Her style has been described by the Times Literary Supplement as "defy the laws of fictional gravity", and "densely lyrical".