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Nancy Au

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.


Notes as Guest Reader/Editor in Smokelong Quarterly

Notes: What Wasn’t Swallowed Was Exhaled

Notes: The Freeze


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SmokeLong Fitness--The Community Workshop

Next Date to Join: January 1!

On September 1, SmokeLong launched a workshop environment/community christened SmokeLong Fitness. This asynchronous community workshop is happening right now on our dedicated workshop site. If you choose to join us, you will work in a small group of around 10-12 participants to give and receive feedback. Each Monday, you will receive a new writing task (one writing task each week) designed by the senior editor team of SmokeLong. The core workshop is asynchronous, so you can take part from anywhere at anytime. We are excited about creating a supportive, consistent and structured environment for flash writers to work on their craft in a community.