Orner's fiction and non-fiction has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Granta, The Paris Review, McSweeney's, The Southern Review, The Forward, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Ploughshares. His first two novels received numerous awards. He is also the editor of two non-fiction books. His third book of fiction, Love and Shame and Love was recently called epic by Daniel Handler, "...epic like Gilgamesh, epic like a guitar solo." (Orner has since bought Gilgamesh and is enjoying it.) He is a long time permanent faculty member at San Francisco State.