Director, Creative Writing
Johnny Payne, MFA Director, is a poet, novelist and playwright and teaches those genres in the program. His books of poetry are Vassal and Heaven of Ashes. His novels include La muerte de Papi, Second Chance, and Kentuckiana. He writes and teaches bilingually, and is part of the Transmedia Borders poetry group, performing in Mexico. In both his artistic work and the classroom, he uses virtual reality and multimedia. Current projects are the historical novel Kilcairn, the poetry collection Bitcoin Orgy, and the opera libretto about the Yup'ik of Alaska, Skyland.