About Nancy Au’s Winning Piece Kathleen Rooney Said:
“Walks Like a Lion” by Nancy Au is inspired by true stories and uses the imaginative power of fiction to empathetically inhabit the lonely, lovely minds of a Tibetan mastiff and a Japanese grandmother with equal illumination and insight. Au’s transportive, compressed language is suggestive of a far vaster world than its 750 or so words—a brief and resonant testament to what a piece of flash fiction can do.
Nancy Au’s stories and essays appear or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Cincinnati Review, Catapult, Lunch Ticket, The Pinch, Beloit Fiction Journal, SmokeLong Quarterly, among others. She has an MFA from San Francisco State University where she taught creative writing. She teaches creative writing (to biology majors!) at California State University Stanislaus, and is co-founder of The Escapery (https://theescapery.org). Her flash fiction is included in the Best Small Fictions 2018 anthology. And she was the winner of The Vestal Review‘s 2018 VERA Flash Fiction Prize. Her full-length collection, Spider Love Song & Other Stories, is forthcoming from Acre Books (University of Cincinnati) in Fall 2019.