Ao Omae was born 1992 in Hyogo Prefecture. Hailed in Japan as a rising star of gender-conscious literature since the 2020 publication of Nuigurumi to shaberu hito wa yasashii (“People Who Talk to Stuffed Animals are Nice”), he debuted in 2016 with a short story that was eventually included in the 2018 collection Kaitengusa (Tumbleweed). In 2019, he released a collection of flash fiction called Watashi to wani to imōto no heya (“A Room for a Crocodile, My Sister, and Me”), and his 2017 digital-only collection is Nokemonodomono.
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