Osseo, Minnesota, United States
Kling grew up in Osseo, Minnesota, and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. He began his career in the Twin Cities during the 1990s with two plays that wrote: 21A and Fear and Loving in Minneapolis. His one-man show Home and Away premiered at the Seattle Repertory Theatre and then moved to Second Stage Theatre (NYC) under the direction of David Esbjornson, also a Gustavus Adolphus College alumnus. Kling and Minneapolis-based accordionist and singer Simone Perrin have collaborated on two works, How? How? Why? Why? and Breakin' Hearts and Takin' Names.
Kling has also made regular storytelling contributions to NPR’s All Things Considered. He has released several CD collections, including a boxed set, Collected Stories. His first published book of short stories was The Dog Says How followed by four more titles.
Kling has not been slowed in his work by a birth defect that shriveled his left arm and a motorcycle accident that completely paralyzed his right arm.
- Fear and Loving in Minneapolis
- Home and Away
- Lloyd's Prayer
- The Education of Walter Kauffman
- The Seven Dwarfs
- Hammer, Anvil and Stirrup
- Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
- The Dog Says How, Borealis Books, 2007
- Kevin Kling's Holiday Inn, Borealis Books, 2009
- Big Little Brother, Borealis Books, 2011
- Big Little Mother, Borealis Books, 2013
- On Stage with Kevin Kling, Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2013
- 1994 Home and Away
- 2001 Stories Off the Shallow End
- 2003 Wonderlure
- 2004 A Fool's Paradise
- 2004 Collected Stories
- 2007 Alive
- 2012 State Fair
- 2014 Come & Get It
- 1986 Heideman Best Short Play Award for 21A
- 1993 Whiting Award
- 2009 A.P. Anderson Award
- 2010 Storytelling World Storytelling Collection, for "The Dog Says How" 
- 2012 National Storytelling Network's Circle of Excellence Award 
- "Kevin Kling Returns". National Public Radio. January 2002. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
- "Storyteller receives A.P. Anderson Award". Redwing Republican Eagle. May 24, 2009. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
- "Kevin Kling Profile at Festival of Homiletics". Festival of Homiletics. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
- "Kevin Kling 1993 Whiting Award". Whiting Award Foundation. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
- Flora Joy. "The 2010 Storytelling World Resource Awards." http://storytellingworld.com/2010/ Retrieved 14 July 2017.
- National Storytelling Network. "Circle of Excellence Award Recipients." http://storynet.org/oracle/circleofexcellence.html Retrieved 14 July 2017.
- Official website
- "The Return of Kevin Kling: A Story of Near-Death and Recovery" - All Things Considered
- The Losses and the Laughter We Grow Into with Kevin Kling - On Being
- Popmatters: Stories off the Shallow End
- Kevin Kling answers 9 questions, and, yes, Don Knotts would play him - Interview with the Twin Cities Pioneer Press newspaper
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- Press, Chris Hewitt | Pioneer (2015-02-25). "Kevin Kling answers 9 questions, and, yes, Don Knotts would play him". Twin Cities. Retrieved 2019-04-16.