Rosa Yassin Hassan was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1974. She completed her degree in architecture in 1998. Her first book of short stories was published in 2000. Her first novel Ebony was published in 2004 and it won the Hanna Mina Prize for the Novel. It has been translated into German. Her second novel, Negative, was about female political prisoners in Syria. Her third novel, The Guardians of the Air, was published in 2009.