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 and theatre reviews; several essays on baseball, including “Caesar’s Stuff; Or, The Modern Baseball Fan” in Writing Personal Essays, ed Sheila Bender; a memoir, “ Could You Be Startin’ from Somewhere Else? Sketches from Buffalo and Beyond"; fiction in The Monarch Review and Crosscurrents; and a co-written novel Green River Saga (Santa Fe: Sunstone Press, 2020). His second novel, Raven Mountain: A Mythic Tale, the sequel to GRS, will be published in late 2022. He teaches drama and fiction part time at Lifetime Learning Center, a senior education program in Seattle.
On the Creation of Green River Saga, a Novel by Michael W. Shurgot and Rick O’Shea Sunstone Press, Santa Fe, April 2020 When I retired as Professor of Humanities from South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia in 2006, I …Continue reading →
My Parents’ House by Suzy Beal This twelve-hour drive begins in the dark hours of the early morning. Little girls strapped in their sleeping bags in the VW van, puppy at their feet in her box. Did I remember their …Continue reading →
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 →