Wes Payton has a B.A. in Rhetoric/Philosophy/English and an M.A. in English. He has been a short-story presenter for the Illinois Philological Association. His play Way Station was selected for a Next Draft reading in 2015, and What Does a Question Weigh? was selected for a staged reading as part of the 2017 Chicago New Work Festival. Wes lives with his wife and two kids in Oak Park, Illinois.