Stephen Payne is a fourth generation Vermonter from the legendary Northeast Kingdom. Mentored by renown authors, Galway Kinnell, X. J, Kennedy, Denise Levertov, Howard Frank Mosher, and others, he has been writing his whole life. In exploring and celebrating the dignity of rural New Englanders, Payne brings their struggles, losses, and triumphs to life in a deeply moving way. His award-winning novel, CLIFF WALKING, set on the rugged coast of Maine, has been heralded as an “emotionally satisfying triumph.” Payne has published fiction and non-fiction in Vermont Life Magazine, Vermont Magazine, as well as other periodicals. He is a practicing surgeon in northern Vermont and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine. Payne raises money from his books for organizations working to end spousal and child abuse, as well as for the Lake Champlain Land Trust.