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Paul JJ Payack

Agent: Rachel Sussman

Austin, Texas, United States

Email: pjjp@post.Harvard.edu

Home page: http://www.LanguageMonitor.com

Paul JJ Payack's most recent book is A Million Words and Counting: How Global
English is Re-writing the World (2009).

Payack has also authored hundreds of what The Paris Review called “prose
poems,” The Kansas City Star, “polyphonic prose,” and Contemporary Authors,
“metafiction”. Payack’s metafiction has appeared in hundreds of journals,
anthologies, and collections including The Paris Review, New Letters, and
Boulevard.

Sylvia Leah Berkman her "Introduction to Mythomania" summarized his
'metafiction' as: "The brief, almost bald, summation of crucial experience that
attains it power through its stark reductiveness."

Payack’s oeuvre currently consists of some 1000 creative works.

Paul JJ Payack's most recent book is A Million Words and Counting: How Global
English is Re-writing the World (2009).

Payack has also authored hundreds of what The Paris Review called “prose
poems,” The Kansas City Star, “polyphonic prose,” and Contemporary Authors,
“metafiction”. Payack’s metafiction has appeared in hundreds of journals,
anthologies, and collections including The Paris Review, New Letters, and
Boulevard.

Sylvia Leah Berkman her "Introduction to Mythomania" summarized his
'metafiction' as: "The brief, almost bald, summation of crucial experience that
attains it power through its stark reductiveness."

Payack’s oeuvre currently consists of some 1000 creative works.

His first graphic novel, The Book of Hours, was one of the first created (1984) since
those of Max Ernst in the early 20th century. At that time he called it a 'collage
narrative'.

He founded Chthon Press in 1973, and later created what was, perhaps, the first
internet-based magazine in 1982, The Spindle City Review in Lowell,
Massachusetts. (See the Directory of Little Magazines and Small Presses,
Dustbooks). Of course, this was not a successful endeavor, since it was about a
dozen years before the World Wide Web became freely available.

Professionally, Payack has spent some twenty years as a marketing executive in
the High Tech arena. He has served as a senior marketing and communications
executive for some of the industry’s technology leaders, including Legato
Systems, Intelliguard Software (acquired by Legato Systems, subsequently
acquired by EMC), the Network Systems Corporation (acquired by StorageTek),
the A.C. Nielsen unit of the Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, Unisys, and Apollo
Computer, Inc. Payack began his career in Massachusetts’ ‘Route 128’
Technology Corridor with stints at Wang Laboratories, and the Digital Equipment
Corporation (DEC) (now part of H-P).

Payack is the founding president (& The WordMan) of both The Global language
Monitor (www.LanguageMonitor.com), monitoring Global English, and
yourDictionary.com, the leading global language portal.

Payack was a ‘contributor’ to the National Research Council’s national encryption
policy, and was part of the team that won the first-ever ‘Best of Show’ Award at
Networld+Interop for an Internet Product or Service—back in 1995. He participated
in the White House High Tech CEO Forum, just days before the events of
September 11th, 2001.

A widely-quoted media commentator, Payack has been interviewed by the BBC;
The Wall Street Journal; The New York Times; The Economist; CNN; National
Public Radio (NPR); The BBC, The Sunday Times (London), The Hindu, the CBC,
the People's Daily (Beijing), and others on six continents.

Payack was graduated from Harvard University where he studied comparative
literature, a variety of dead languages, and fine arts, having previously studied
psychology and philosophy at Bucknell University.

He currently resides in Austin, Texas with his wife, Millie, and family.

Interests: Global English, Graphic Novels, Drama, Science Fiction & Metafiction.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No

 

Published works:

Fiction

  • Children of the Mind
  • Nonfiction

  • A Million Words and Counting
  • The Idea Mine: A Brief Note on Metafiction
  • A Plague of Darkness
  • Conversation With The WordMan, and Other Words on Words
  • Scripts

  • Worlds to Shatter, Shattered Worlds