Rebecca Fisseha’s fiction and nonfiction explores the Ethiopian diaspora. Her debut novel, Daughters of Silence, is set in Ethiopia and Canada, against the backdrop of the widespread shutdown of airline travel due to the eruption in 2010 of a volcano in Iceland. Daughters of Silence tells the story of Dessie, a bereaved and newly-single Ethiopian-Canadian woman, and her struggle to deal with her fractured family and her own traumatic past.
Rebecca Fisseha’s short fiction has appeared in The Maple Tree Literary
Supplement; Room Magazine; the 2015 Aesthetica Magazine Creative Writing
Anthology; Joyland Magazine; and in The Rusty Toque; and will be published
in the Addis Ababa edition of Akashic Books’ Noir series in 2018. Rebecca
also contributes to Selamta, the in-flight magazine of Ethiopian Airlines.
Her play, wise.woman was produced by b current at the Theatre Centre in
2009 in Toronto
Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre and a Master’s Degree in
Communications and Culture from York University; a Diploma in Writing for
Film and Television from the Vancouver Film School; and a Certificate in
Creative Writing from the Humber School for Writers. She was also recently
awarded a Chalmers Fellowship from the Ontario Arts Council. Rebecca Fisseha
was raised in Ethiopia, Austria, and Switzerland; and has been based in
Toronto since 1998.