Ben Fountain is an American fiction writer. He earned a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980, and a law degree from the Duke University School of Law in 1984. He has won numerous awards, including a Pushcart Prize in 2004, an O. Henry Award in 2005 and 2007, and the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for a distinguished first book of fiction (2007). He lives in Dallas, Texas.