Richard Payne was born and raised in Lancaster City. He attended McCaskey High School and Millersville University, where he graduated with a BA in English with a concentration in Print Media Studies. Richard was involved with the literary journals and newspapers of each respective school, and worked as a poetry editor at Rapportage (the publication of the Lancaster Literary Guild). Richard has also spent many years as a tutor and educator, a spoken word artist, and hopes to publish his first collection of poetry in the near future.
The Triangle works to foster a diverse, innovative literary culture in south central Pennsylvania, making it a place where writers, poets, artists, and literature enthusiasts can thrive together in a supportive and engaging community.