About Michael W. Shurgot

Michael W. Shurgot retired as Professor of Humanities from South Puget Sound CC in Olympia, WA in 2006. He holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published three books on Shakespeare, numerous scholarly essays, theatre reviews, essays on baseball, and fiction in The Monarch Review and Crosscurrents. He teaches drama and fiction part time at Lifetime Learning Center, a senior education program in Seattle.

Michael Shurgot’s 2nd Place Winning Essay “The First Time I Should Have Died”

Our guest judge Molly Tinsley’s notes about choosing Michael Shurgot’s essay for our second-place winner are these: “Great propulsion. The building of tension, the sense of time running out, the hints of questions left unanswered — all are the strategies of an accomplished story-teller. The detachment of the retrospective voice hooked me in further, the … Continue reading

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