Zach J. Payne

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in La Mirada, The United States
October 21, 1990

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I'm a lover of words. I've been writing for as long as I can remember--poetry, novels, essays, and plays. My primary focus is on writing for young adults--trying to be a beacon in a confusing and difficult world. Since 2016, I've been a part of Ninja Writers, helping other writers develop their craft and find their voices. I'm also a former query intern for Pam Pho, a literary agent at D4EO Literary Agency.

I also write essays on Medium. My posts are diverse and range from writing advice and instruction, to talking about my own struggles with mental health, weight loss, and navigating the world as a superfat person.

I was born and raised in Whittier, California, but currently live in Warren, Pennsylvania.

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“This is exactly, when it comes down to it, why most people do not believe in grace. It is fucking offensive.”
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“If the Gospel is where we find healing from the harm done to us by the messages of the church, then it must also be where we find freedom. Meaning that even if it is the last thing I want to do, I absolutely have to believe the Gospel is powerful enough, transgressive enough, beautiful enough to heal not only the ones who have been hurt but also those who have done the hurting.”
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“Exhale her ghost and watch her spirit rise to some High Heaven nestled in the stars. Imagine not this grace as her demise, but freedom!”
Zach Payne, In Search of Sunflowers: A Year of Sonnets, Volume 1

“Death: "THERE ARE BETTER THINGS IN THE WORLD THAN ALCOHOL, ALBERT."
Albert: "Oh, yes, sir. But alcohol sort of compensates for not getting them.”
Terry Pratchett

“People can't seem to get it through their heads that there is never any healing or closure. Ever. There is only a short pause before the next "horrifying" event. People forget there is such a thing as memory, and that when a wound "heals" it leaves a permanent scar that never goes away, but merely fades a little. What really ought to be said after one of these so-called tragedies is, "Let the scarring begin.”
George Carlin, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?

“All those people who are chained here thinking that their reputations matter and this little shit matters are so freaking shortsighted. Dude, what matters is that you're happy. What matters is your future. What matters is that we get out of here in one piece. What matters is finding the truth of our own lives, not caring about what other people think is the truth of us.”
A.S. King, Ask the Passengers

“Look, this is a loan. I don't know if love is something I will run out of one day. I don't know if I should be giving it all to you guys or not. Today, I feel like maybe I should have kept some for myself for days when no one else loves me.”
A.S. King, Ask the Passengers

“Cancer doesn’t give a shit how much you want to live. If it wants to kill you, it will.”
A.S. King, Ask the Passengers

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