Tlotlo Tsamaase is a Motswana writer of fiction, poetry, and architectural articles. Her work has appeared in Terraform, Apex Magazine, Strange Horizons, Wasafiri, and other publications. Her poem “I Will Be Your Grave” was a 2017 Rhysling Award nominee. Her short story, “Virtual Snapshots” was longlisted for the 2017 Nommo Awards. Her novella The Silence of the Wilting Skin is forthcoming from Pink Narcisuss Press in 2020. You can find her on Twitter at @tlotlotsamaase and on Patreon at


Tlotlo Tsamaase has the following works available at Clarkesworld:

The ThoughtBox

FICTION by Tlotlo Tsamaase in Issue 163 – April 2020

The ThoughtBox sits planted to the wall next to the distribution box. It’s a slim, expensive hand-sized model that you brought home (stolen) for our anniversary. I heave out a breath. Relief. You step into the kitchen beaming. You’re happy. Happy is good. You have a gorgeous smile; I don’t want to turn it into […]

Eclipse our Sins

FICTION by Tlotlo Tsamaase in Issue 159 – December 2019

I pray to You, Mother Earth, Mama Earth, Mmê Earth: Sun, hide your eye, eclipse your birth from our sins. When Climate Change came, It tore into Your womb, Mama Earth, sodomized it —and we watched. We stood and watched You, Mama, crying. Still we didn’t listen: We were the wildfires The sky’s mouth was […]
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