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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Peter Orner  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1968 in Highland Park, Illinois



Illinois Connection

Orner grew up in Highland Park and graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston.

Biographical and Professional Information

Peter Orner is a is a Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College. He is a two-time recipient of the Pushcart Prize and the recipient of the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Fullbright to Namibia.

His fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Tin House, and Granta, and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories. His memoir is titled, Am I Alone Here?

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Northeastern University School of Law, and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. Orner is also a former member of the Bolinas, California Volunteer Fire Department in Bolinas, California.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """Esther Stories""" *Rome Prize in Literature, American Academy of Arts and Letters *Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction *Finalist, Pen Hemingway Award *Young Lions Award Finalist, New York Public Library *Notable Book, New York Times, 2001 """The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo""" *Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist *Best-Seller, San Francisco Chronicle *Bard Fiction Prize """Love and Shame and Love""" *Silver Medal, California Book Award in Fiction *Ribalow Prize Finalist, Hadassah Magazine *Editors' Choice, New York Times *Lit Pick, San Francisco Chronicle *Editor's Choice, Chicago Tribune *Starred Review, Publishers Weekly *Starred Review, Kirkus """"Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge""" *Starred Review, Publishers Weekly """Am I Alone Here?""" *Rome Prize *Bard Fiction Prize *Finalist in Criticism, National Book Critics Circle Award """Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives""" *Starred Review, Publishers Weekly """Maggie Brown & Others""" *Longlist, Simpson/Joyce Carol Oates Prize *Best Book of the Year, Oprah Magazine, 2019 *Best Short Fiction of 2019, Kirkus *Starred Review, Kirkus *Starred Review, Publishers Weekly *Starred Review, Booklist *11 notable Chicago books of 2019, Chicago Tribune