Storyteller and playwright Kevin Kling lives in Minnesota and is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College. His plays have been produced in regional theaters throughout the country and in Europe and Australia. "Home and Away," a storytelling piece with musical accompaniment, premiered at the Seattle Repertory Theater and moved to Second Stage Theater, off Broadway. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation, the Whiting Award, the Bush Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the McDowell Institute. He also received the A.P. Anderson Award and the Eric Peterson Award.
In 2001, Kling was in a near-fatal motorcycle accident that left him partially paralyzed. This experience has focused his work on the way that art, storytelling in particular, can help in personal and cultural healing. He has worked with Interact and Tutti Theater, companies of performers with disabilities, and with the Anishinaabeg and Kaurna indigenous communities in the U.S. and South Australia respectively.
Kling has taught storytelling workshops throughout the country and at the University of Minnesota. He appears often at storytelling festivals and at the National Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. He works as a commentator for National Public Radio's All Things Considered and is the author of three books, The Dog Says How, Holiday Inn, and Big Little Brother. Recently Kling has has witten and performed in Scarecrow on Fire, Mirth and Mischeif, and Back Home as part of a residency with Minnesota Public Radio.