Miles Martin Payne, Jr. was born in San Diego, California in 1923. As early as 1944 he was described as an "editor." Payne
was a member of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography's Capricorn expedition, measuring the intensity of the earth's magnetic
force in the south Pacific Ocean, 1952-1953. Payne published The Light Year in Spring Valley (San Diego County) beginning
Autumn 1958 and continuing through 1962. He moved to San Francisco that year, and printed as The Light Year Press. The premier
issue of City Lights Journal (1963) identifies Payne as an editorial assistant. Payne read poetry with Lewis Welch and John
Montgomery at venues that included San Francisco State College in 1964. As "Miles," he published The Lovable Cable Car, 1965.
Payne later moved to Santa Cruz, and died there in 1993.