His literary production includes pioneering work in electronic publishing, graphic-novel editions for Soft Skull Press/Counterpoint, and four novels published by Akashic Books. After earning both Bachelor (1991) and Masters (1994) degrees from Brown University, he taught for a decade on Brown"s Literary Arts faculty. In 1993 he used Storyspace to publish the Internet"s first hyperzine, LSD-50, on a Gopher server.
In 1996, Sonicnet serialized his groundbreaking hypertext novel Sunshine ’69 on the World Wide Web.
His most recent novel, Curse the Names, about a reporter living and working in Los Alamos, New Mexico was published in 2012 by Akashic. He has published fiction and essays in Jane, The Believer, Tin House, and The Village Voice.
Arellano is a founding member of the Literary Advisory Board of the Electronic Literature Organization and founding director of the Center for Emerging Media and Digital Arts at Southern Oregon University.