About

Smiles in the Sky was founded by Michael Mortenson in 2012. Here you can find original writing, music, and articles. The writing category is split into two halves—children’s and general—touching several forms and genres, from picture books and limericks to short stories and essays. In the music category, you can find free sheet music, recordings, and arrangements. The articles category contains book and movie reviews, but there are also how-to guides and writing tips articles.

The name Smiles in the Sky comes from an early poem of the same name. Today, the name has come to represent the hundreds of people from all over the world who visit this site and come away with a smile.

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About M.M.

Michael Mortenson is a writer who grew up in Las Vegas. His work has been featured in publications from Eric Cohen Books, Scribendi, and BYU. Michael runs the Instagram account @thescifihaiku where he shares science fiction inspired poetry. He and his wife live in Utah and enjoy reading, watching movies, swimming, and eating good food.


Published Works:

  • Poetry
    • “Lucky Green Pencil”, 2014
    • “Looks Like a Pretzel”, Scribendi 2016
    • Tell Me When I’m Younger, available here
    • “Prometheus”, The Palouse Review 2018
    • “Pancakes for Dinner”,  The Palouse Review 2018
    • “Touchdown Blues”, Leading Edge 2019
    • “Stuck”, Leading Edge 2019
  • Creative Essay
    • “On Graviton Decay”, Scribendi 2016
    • “Three Minutes”, The Restored Gospel and Applied Christianity 2017
    • “A Clock Cycle Heart”, The Restored Gospel and Applied Christianity 2021
  • Short Story
    • “Chicken Coup”, The Palouse Review 2018 
    • “Bring Me the Moon”, 2022
  • Picture Book
    • Gibraltar, available here

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  1. Love Shel Silverstein. Think I’ll try one of your children’s stories. Thank you for your comment on my writing blog. I’m getting more and more interested in blogging articles, poetry, book reviews and otherwise enhancing my website for the enjoyment of others. You’ve done a nice job with yours.

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