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Tlotlo Tsamaase is a Motswana writer (xe/xem/xer or she/her pronouns) currently living in Botswana. Tlotlo’s novella, The Silence of the Wilting Skin, is a 2021 Lambda Literary Award finalist and was shortlisted for a 2021 Nommo Award. Xer story “Behind Our Irises” is the joint winner of the Nommo Award for Best Short Story (2021), the first Motswana to win the award. Tlotlo’s short fiction has appeared in The Best of World SF Volume 1, Futuri uniti d’Africa, Clarkesworld, Terraform, Africanfuturism Anthology, The Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction (2021), Apex Magazine’s International Futurists issue and is forthcoming in Africa Risen anthology and other publications. Tlotlo was the first Motswana to be a 2017 Rhysling Award nominee. Xe is a 2011 Bessie Head Short Story Award winner.


Tlotlo Tsamaase is a member of PEN America, the African Speculative Fiction Society, SFWA, and Codex Writers Group. You can find xem on Instagram and Twitter at @tlotlotsamaase.

She is represented by Naomi Davis of  BookEnds Literary Agency.