Ingvild Burkey was born in Oslo in 1967, of a Norwegian mother and an American father. She holds a degree in political science from Yale University and has worked as a human rights monitor in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1997-2000) and many African countries, including Uganda, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Tanzania.
In the 1990s, she was co-editor of the Norwegian literary journal Vagant. She has published two collections of poetry (Torden i søvne, 1994; Den mest tenkelige av alle verdener, 2008), a novel (Falsk pike, 1997) and a collection of short prose (Intervju med den hjemvendte helten, 2002).
She lives in Oslo and Borje, Croatia.