Peter Orner is the author of two collections of stories, Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge and Esther Stories, and two novels, Love and Shame and Love and The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo. He is also the editor of two books of oral history, Underground America and Hope Deferred: Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives. His book of nonfiction Am I Alone Here? will be published in November 2016. Orner has received Guggenheim and Lannan Foundation fellowships, and two Pushcart Prizes. He teaches at San Francisco State University.