Nancy Au

Fiction Writer

Author's Bio

My writing appears or is forthcoming in over thirty literary journals including, among others, Redivider, Gulf Coast, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Cincinnati Review, Catapult, Lunch Ticket, The Pinch, Beloit Fiction Journal, SmokeLong Quarterly. I have an MFA from San Francisco State University. I teach creative writing (to biology majors!) at California State University Stanislaus (2015-current), and at San Francisco State University (2015-2016, 2019), and am co-founder of The Escapery (, a collective of teachers who are dedicated to diversity, and to writing and art as a form of resistance. My debut full-length collection, SPIDER LOVE SONG AND OTHER STORIES was published by Acre Books (University of Cincinnati) in Fall 2019. You can get your copy at: ~~~ My short stories, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and essays often center on the experiences of the elderly, the young, immigrants, as well as with characters who struggle with mental health issues. I endeavor to write about (and to amplify, diversify, complicate) the voices that have been historically ignored (or stereotyped or diminished or demonized) within academia and literature. I am particularly interested in exploring the lives of American-born Chinese and Chinese immigrants.

Publications & Prizes

Best Small Fictions (Braddock Avenue Books, 2018)
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Typehouse Literary Magazine
Prizes won: 

2020 PEN America/Robert W. Bingham Award for Debut Short Story Collection longlisted; 2019 Wigleaf Top 50 longlisted; Redivider's 2018 Blurred Genre Contest winner; The Vestal Review's 2018 VERA Flash Fiction Prize winner;  The Best Small Fictions 2018 winner;  Entropy's Best of 2018 (fiction);  Spring Creek Project Collaborative Residency award;  2018 Best Microfiction nomination;  2018 Atticus Review Flash Fiction Contest finalist;  2018 Gigantic Sequins Flash Fiction Contest finalist;  2018 SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction longlisted;  2018 Reflex Fiction Quarterly International Flash Fiction Award finalist;  2017 The Best Small Fictions nomination;  2017 Wigleaf Top 50 longlisted;  Best of the Net nomination;  2016 The Best Small Fictions nomination, 2016 The Best Small Fictions nomination;  2016 Pushcart Prize nomination;  2016 Wigleaf Top 50 nomination;  2014 Michael Ruben Book Award runner-up;  2012 Glimmer Train's Very Short Fiction Award finalist

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
• Yiyun Li • Shirley Jackson • Amy Hempel • James Baldwin • Maya Angelou
What I'm reading now: 
Suddenly, a Knock on the Door by Etgar Keret (2012) , Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis (2019) , Her Body and Other Parades by Carmen Maria Muchado (2017) , The Fifth Woman by Nona Caspers (2019) , What It Means When A Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah (2018) , Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken (2019)

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Chinese American
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Last update: Dec 29, 2019