Mapfumo Clement Chihota is a Zimbabwean poet and short-story writer. His creative works have been published Zimbabwe, South Africa, the USA and the United Kingdom in anthologies or journals such as No More Plastic Balls and other Stories (co-edited with Robert Muponde); Writing Still; Writing Now; New Coin Poetry; Tripwire Journal of Poetics; The Warwick Reviewand Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe. Mapfumo currently teaches into Community and Human Services programs at Federation University in Melbourne, Australia.
The collection Before the Next Song and other Poems was initially published by Mambo Press Publishers in 1999. It has been used as an 'A level' literature set book in Zimbabwean secondary schools.