Nancy Au is a writer and teacher based in Oakland, California. Her fiction, essays, and poetry appear in SmokeLong Quarterly, Catapult, Lunch Ticket, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Pinch, Tahoma Literary Review, Foglifter, Forge Literary Magazine, among many others. She has an MFA from San Francisco State University where she taught creative writing. With Dr. Matthew Cover (California State University Stanislaus), she co-designed and co-teaches BIOL-4040 Writing for Science and Life. In this writing course, Nancy incorporates creative exercises to assist students in crafting unique personal statements for graduate school, fellowships, and job applications. With Carson Beker, she co-founded The Escapery, a writing and art unschool. Nancy was awarded The Vestal Review’s 2018 VERA Flash Fiction Prize, and her work is included in the Best Small Fictions 2018 anthology. Her full-length collection, Spider Love Song & Other Stories, is forthcoming from Acre Books (University of Cincinnati) in Fall 2019.