Brent Pennington was born and raised in Vermont, the oldest of two boys. His father, a pilot, instilled a love for aviation and adventure, and an appreciation for hard work done well; his artistic skills come from his mother, who is herself talented at any medium she tries.
He began writing in the 6th grade, with a collection of short stories entitled “Ann Marie, Ghost Hunter,” about an intrepid young girl who investigated the paranormal. He wrote his first novel shortly thereafter (terrible, the less said about it, the better), and continued reading and writing his way through high school, including a second novel (also terrible, but it did impress girls).
Pennington attended Binghamton University in New York, where he earned a BA in English Literature & Creative Writing. While there he failed miserably as a reporter for the student newspaper, Pipe Dream, but also interned with the university photographer, which fostered a love affair with photography that continues to this day.
Degree in hand and job offers conspicuously absent, he abandoned his plans of heading west to Montana and instead moved to Scranton, Pennsylvania, mostly because of a girl. Seven years later he married her, proving that it wasn’t the foolhardy move it seemed at the time. In Scranton, Pennington found a welcoming community with a thriving arts movement; it was the first place he’d lived that he really liked, and he soon declared himself a “native stepson” of Pennsylvania.
His early career included a short-lived stint working in a bookstore, summers in a corporate office, and the title “hanger rat” while serving as the assistant to an aircraft mechanic. Following college he leveraged his geek/tech skills and got into IT, where he wrangled recalcitrant technology for two charter schools in Pennsylvania, and then for Penn State University.
In addition to his writing, Pennington continues to pursue photography for both himself and a select clientele. When he’s not messing around with computers and gadgets, he also enjoys kayaking and woodworking, and dreams of someday building his own sailboat. He prefers to get up early in the morning, and loves the blue of twilight. He very much enjoys Lagavulin scotch (if you enjoy his books, feel free to send him some). Given the chance, he will (attempt to) eat his weight in pasta, especially if it is homemade.
Pennington continues to reside in Scranton with his wife, Mandy, and their cat, AnnaBelle Leigh.
- Binghamton University Magazine, Binghamton University
- Inside BU, Binghamton University
- The Savvy Grouse, PA Dept. of Tourism
- Binghamton Township Historical Society: photographer & webmaster, 2012-2017
- NEPA BlogCon: official photographer, 2012-2017
- The New Vintage Ensemble: official photographer, 2013-2018
- The Vintage Theater: official photographer, 2012-2014; Treasurer & board member, 2013-2014