David Payne

  • Instructor , MFA Program, Fiction
  • College of Arts and Sciences

David Payne was educated at the Phillips Exeter Academy and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with highest honors in creative writing in 1977. After a year in the Atlantic scallop fishery, he traveled in Europe and South America, then embarked on his first novel, "Confessions of a Taoist on Wall Street," which was published in 1984 and won the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award. Three subsequent novels - "Early from the Dance" (Doubleday, 1989), "Ruin Creek," a NY Times Notable Book (Doubleday, 1993) and "Gravesend Light" (Doubleday, 2000) - were set in the fictional town of Killdeer, N.C., and on the Outer Banks. Payne's latest, "Back to Wando Passo" (William Morrow, 2006), is set on a former South Carolina rice plantation in the Georgetown area and involves slave narratives, voudou-like practices, and rock-n-roll.  After years in Manhattan and in southwestern Vermont, Payne-who has previously taught at Bennington and Duke, and will teach at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival in 2007-- and lives with his family in Hillsborough, N.C. For more information: www.davidpaynebooks.com

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