Cliff Walking

Cliff Walking

by Stephen Russell Payne


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615493626
Publisher: Cedar Ledge Publishing
Publication date: 09/14/2011
Pages: 408
Sales rank: 732,824
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

Stephen Russell Payne is a fourth-generation Vermonter. A lifelong writer, he has published fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in publications including Vermont Life magazine, The Tufts Review, The Vermont Literary Review, Livin' the Vermont Way magazine, and Route 7-Vermont Literary Journal.

Payne studied pre-med and English at Tufts University, receiving his master's in English before entering medical school at the University of Vermont. Since 1988 he has practiced general surgery in northern Vermont and taught at UVM as a clinical assistant professor of surgery. Over the years, he has been mentored by poets X. J. Kennedy, Galway Kinnell, and Denise Levertov, as well as by novelists Howard Frank Mosher, Jennifer Finney Boylan, and Chris Bohjalian. Much of the inspiration for Cliff Walking came from Payne's experiences helping victims of spousal and child abuse both as a physician and, previously, as a police officer.

Payne lives on a northern Vermont farm with his family where their land is managed by a local organic farmer. Payne loves cutting his own firewood and spends much of his free time in the woods, where he often comes up with and develops story ideas. He and his family spend as much time as possible on Lake Champlain where they are avid Hobie Cat sailors and strong supporters of both the Lake Champlain Land Trust and the Vermont Land Trust.

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