Johnny Payne is dramatist, novelist, scholar, and has been a professor at the University of Texas at El Paso  and Florida Atlantic University's Boca Raton campus. He has been head of a Northwestern University Latin American Studies program in Cusco, Peru.
Payne conducted fieldwork in the Quechua highlands of Peru and has published two books from this research. Cuentos cusqueños is a dual language text, in both Quechua and Spanish, and gives stories told by several Quechua native speakers. She-Calf and Other Quechua Folk Tales is a translation of Quechua folktales into English.
Payne also wrote the novel Kentuckiana.
- "La Muerte de Papi" (2014)
- "Vassal: Poems of Odysseus" (2014)
- "Silver Dagger" (2011)
- "Second Chance* (2010)
- North of Patagonia (2001)
- Kentuckiana (1997)
- The Ambassador’s Son
- Baja (1998)
- Chalk Lake (1996)
- The Devil in Disputanta
- The Serpent’s Lover
- Literary Ethnography
- She-Calf and Other Quechua Folk Tales (2001)
- Cuentos cusqueños (1984)
- Conquest of the New Word: Experimental Fiction and Translation in the Americas (1993)
- Voice and Style (1995)
- “Talking Around Terrorism: A Conference Report”. Telos 74 (Winter 1987-88). New York: Telos Press.
- with Phyllis Silverstein Teresa Porzecanski, 'Sun Inventions'; 'Perfumes of Carthage': Two Novellas (2000)
(1) Delia Poey, Hopscotch: A Cultural Review 2.4 (2001) 173-174. (2) Arthur Salm, San Diego Union-Tribune. (3) Elizabeth Redden, "Going Borderless and Bilingual, Inside Higher Ed, January 5, 2007.
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