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Kirsten Sundberg-Lunstrum, MA

Antioch University Los Angeles

Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum is the author of three collections of short fiction, most recently What We Do With the Wreckage, which won the 2017 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction (UGA Press in 2018). Her previous collections are Swimming With Strangers (Chronicle Books, 2008) and This Life She’s Chosen (Chronicle Books, 2005), which was a Barnes and Noble Discover title. Kirsten has been the recipient of a PEN/O. Henry Prize and fellowships from MacDowell, the Sewanee Writers Conference, and the Jack Straw Writers Program. Her short fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, One Story, North American Review, The American Scholar, and elsewhere.

Educational History

  • BA in English, Pacific Lutheran University (1999)
  • MA in Creative Writing/Fiction, University of California, Davis (2003)

  • What We Do With the Wreckage, Stories, UGA Press (2018) – Flannery O’Connor Award Series
  • Swimming With Strangers, Stories, Chronicle Books (2008)
  • This Life She’s Chosen, Stories, Chronicle Books (2005)
  • “Where Have the Vanished Girls Gone?” (North American Review) and “Endlings” (Ploughshares) listed as among the “100 Distinguished Stories of 2018” in The Best American Short Stories, 2019, Anchor Books, October 2019.
  • Flannery O’Connor Award in Short Fiction, UGA Press, 2017 (for What We Do With the Wreckage).
  • Jack Straw Writers Program Fellowship, The Jack Straw Cultural Center, Seattle, WA, 2016.
  • MacDowell Colony Fellowship in Fiction, The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH, May 2009.
  • AWP, Hugo House, co-curator of Seattle’s Writers Resist reading series (2017-2020)
Kristen Sundberg

Elective Faculty,

MFA in Creative Writing Program


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