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Keletso Mopai bio picture

Keletso Mopai is a South African storyteller and qualified geologist. She is among the 2020 Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans. Her work has been published by highly regarded journals such as Catapult, Joburg Noir, Ake Review, The Johannesburg Review of Books, Lolwe, The Temz Review, Omenana Magazine, Brittle Paper, Sunday Times, The Kalahari Review, The Ebedi Review, DRUM, Praxis Magazine, African Writer, and among others. Her debut collection of short stories titled If You Keep Digging was published in 2019 by BlackBird Books; the book made the Brittle Paper Top Debut Books of 2019. Mopai's short stories have made finalists for The Writivism Short Story Prize, The Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction, The Africa Book Club Competition, and The Brittle Paper Award for Fiction. She has participated in writing workshops such as the Short Story Day Africa Flow Workshop and the Writivism Mentorship Program. She was an invited speaker at the 2019 Open Book Festival, the Abantu Book Festival, and the South African Book Fair. Keletso studied geology and chemistry, and has a Bachelor of Science honours degree in Geology. She is currently working on a novel.