Tlotlo Tsamaase is a Motswana author (xe/xem/xer or she/her pronouns). Tlotlo's debut adult novel, Womb City, comes out in fall 2023 from Erewhon Books. Tlotlo is a Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative finalist for literature, 2023. Xer 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.


Xer short fiction has appeared in The Best of World SF Volume 1, Clarkesworld, Terraform, Africanfuturism Anthology, and is forthcoming in Africa Risen and Chiral Mad 5 and other publications. Tlotlo is a 2017 Rhysling Award nominee and a 2011 Bessie Head Short Story Award winner. Xe obtained a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Botswana and won an award for design architecture. Xe is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Chapman University.


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. Xe is represented by Naomi Davis of  BookEnds Literary Agency.



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