Tlotlo Tsamaase


Science Fiction Writer


Tlotlo Tsamaase is a Motswana author. 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. Her novella, The Silence of the Wilting Skin, is a 2021 Lambda Literary Award finalist and was shortlisted for a 2021 Nommo Award. Her story Behind Our Irises is the joint winner of the Nommo Award for Best Short Story (2021), the first Motswana to win the award.

Tsamaase is a 2017 Rhysling Award nominee and a 2011 Bessie Head Short Story Award winner. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Botswana and won an award for design architecture. She 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. 

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