who we are
January 10, 2018
Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum
The nurse repeats herself: This one’s a little prince, isn’t he? Neither parent is listening to her, but babies hear everything. Maybe this is how it starts.
September 27, 2017
Christina, One of Many Who Thinks KSL Is The Bees' Knees
Award-winning author and bees' knees, Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum! (Image Source)
Friends! It is with great happiness that we here at Smarty Mommies congratulate Rattle & Pen's Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum on winning the 2017 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction for he...
August 2, 2017
Once, during an interview about writing, I was asked what is “sacred” in my house. “Books,” I answered without even a second’s thought.
June 30, 2017
We're sinking into our summer rhythm again.
June 14, 2017
Some of my most pleasant early-reader memories are of bedtime stories with my dad.
May 31, 2017
Frequently asked questions from a freshman English class.
February 22, 2017
I am more than my maternity. I shouldn’t have to say this out loud as often as I do these days, but America has chosen to be forgetful, or has elected willful ignorance.
January 25, 2017
I'm sitting at the back of my son’s elementary school cafeteria while he waits for his turn at the mic. A few minutes ago, my son was in full meltdown.
December 30, 2016
Shannon, the Best One
'Tis Time for a New Year, Smarties, and hot damn are we ready. This year has been tough. So rather than roll around in all the ugh of this year... I want to say "Peace out, 2016" on a high note.
It's been an exciting year for us! We've continued to see beautiful piec...
December 28, 2016
Rattle & Pen is a biweekly column exploring the liminal space between raising children and creating art.
This is from the Rattle & Pen archives, and was first published in 2014. The hilarity, of course, is that the sentiment here rings just as true to me n...
Older Posts >
why we don't report
October 16, 2018
May 11, 2018
Ugh, it's Holiday Season.
December 7, 2018
August 2, 2018
Mother; Survivor: Part II
May 15, 2018