Kenny holds undergraduate degrees from Arizona State University in Women and Gender Studies and Political Science. While attending ASU, he spent summers in Valparaíso, Chile, and Tianjin, China, and studied abroad in Granada, Spain and Singapore. After graduating, he worked for a year as a Residence Hall Counselor at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.
Kenny later earned an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Women’s Studies from the University of Alabama, where he also studied abroad in Havana, Cuba. He has taught creative writing, literature, and composition at the college level, including in prisons in Alabama and Utah. He has an MEd and is currently working toward a PhD in Education, Culture, & Society at the University of Utah.
Kenny was on the VISIONS Ecuador staff team in 2011. He helped to lead the Montana Blackfeet program in 2012, and returned as the Director of the same program in 2013. In 2014 he was the Director of a combined Cambodia-Myanmar summer. He returned to VISIONS in Myanmar in 2016 and Cambodia in 2017, and spent several years living in Myanmar, Cambodia, and Thailand. While living in Asia, Kenny did outreach for VISIONS with schools in Southeast Asia and China.
In his spare time, Kenny writes, plays with his dog Luna (who is originally from the Blackfeet Reservation), studies, and enjoys hobbies that include swimming, cooking vegetarian meals, playing the piano, learning languages, hiking, and running.