About Rebecca


Rebecca Fisseha is an Ethiopian-Canadian writer. Her first novel Daughters of Silence (Goose Lane Editions, 2019), was among Quill & Quire magazine’s Breakout Debuts of 2019, and Margaret Atwood’s selections for the gritLIT Festival Spotlight Series. Her short stories, personal essays, and articles appear in Selamta, Room Magazine, The Maple Tree Literary Supplement, The Rusty Toque, Joyland, Flock Magazine, The Puritan’s Town Crier, Lithub, Medium, The Minola Review, The Humber Literary Review, and in Tongues: On Longing and Belonging through Language, an anthology of creative nonfiction essays (Book*hug Press), and the story collection Addis Ababa Noir (Akashic Books). Her play wise.woman (2009) was produced by b current at the Theatre Centre in Toronto.

Rebecca has served on the juries for the Writers’ Trust Atwood-Gibson Fiction Prize and the Trillium Book Award.

Born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as well as Austria and Switzerland, Rebecca lives in Toronto, where she is working on the screenplay adaptation of Daughters of Silence with Gobez Media, and on her second novel, Never a Bride (Doubleday Canada, Spring 2025).

Represented by Marilyn Biderman of the Transatlantic Agency.

Contact: marilyn@transatlanticagency.com

Rebecca gratefully acknowledges the support of the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts, and her readers!

*Photo credit: Serkalem Mekonnen




14 thoughts on “About Rebecca

    1. Me too! I feel that there is not nearly enough of it out there. You and I are pioneers my friend 🙂 Thank you so much for visiting and for all the encouragement. I look forward to your next post.


      1. For this summer? Good luck! I haven’t been in three years but it’s an experience of a lifetime.

        My mother lived in Ethiopia for a while so I have a soft spot in my heart for it. She keeps promising we’ll go visit one day.

        Let me know how it turns out. Have a good weekend.


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