A pioneer of Arab modernity, he was born in 1951 in the village of Zebqin in southern Lebanon. He received his first education at the village school, and secondary school in the city of Tyre. In 1973, he obtained a certificate of proficiency in Arabic language and literature for a critical study entitled (The Poetry of Palestinian Resistance in Contemporary Arab Criticism), and his thesis was awarded the first rank of honor. His first poems were published in the early seventies in many Lebanese and Arab newspapers and periodicals, such as: Mawaqif, Al-Adab, As-Safir, An-Nahar, and others.
He participated in many conferences, panels, and Arab poetry festivals such as Jerash, Al-Mahaba, Al-Janadriyah, Emirates, Cairo Book Fair, Carthage, Rabat, and others. He taught between 1974 and 1989, after which he worked as a consultant in the Lebanese Ministry of Information. He has an extensive career in media, heading departments, and writing for many prominent Arab newspapers. His poems have been translated into several languages, including : English, French, German, and Farsi.
Among the most important awards he received are the first poetry prize at the Lebanese University in 1972, the Muhammad Saleh Bashraheel Prize for Creativity and Culture 2004, the Okaz Poet Prize for 2010, the Jumblatt Medal in 2010, the Palestine Medal 2017, and the Owais Prize 2019.