Kevin Fenton is the author of Merit Badges, which won the AWP Award for the Novel. The story of four friends from the fictional town of Minnisapa, Minnesota, Merit Badges was praised by Publishers' Weekly for its "impressive vitality, droll wit, and affecting nostalgia.” It won a 2011 Friends of American Writers Award as one of two distinguished books by emerging Midwestern writers and was a Minnesota Book Award Finalist.
Raised in the Winona, Minnesota area, Fenton lives in Saint Paul with his wife Ellen and greyhound Walter. He holds a B.A. from Beloit College, an MFA from the University of Minnesota, and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. For more than two decades, he has worked as an advertising writer and creative director. He teaches fiction at the Loft.