Rasha Abbas is a Syrian journalist and writer of short stories. In 2008, she published her first short story collection, Adam Hates the Television, and was awarded a prize for young writers during the Damascus Capital of Arab Culture festival. In 2014 she contributed, both as a writer and as a translator, to Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline. Last year she completed a Jean-Jacques Rousseau Fellowship, supported by Solitude Schloss Akademie, in Stuttgart, Germany, where she was working on her second short story collection, tentatively entitled The Gist of It. Rasha is currently based in Berlin, Germany.