Mike has been a freelance writer since his first publication, "Publishing Fever," in 1980. Today he has roughly 300 publications in all media: newspapers and magazines, television, radio, and on-line. He has published advertising, reviews, poetry, short stories, essays, and Shakespeare scholarship.
Regular assignments were From Our Biblio-Files on KJAZ-FM, two years as the travel bibliographer for Incentive Magazine, and three years as the Shakespeare reviewer for Small Press magazine. Mike now writes the "Talking Books" column for Shakespeare Newsletter, and was named Contributing Editor in July 2002.
His work is widely cited in books and journals including the books Shakespeare and the Moving Image and Hamlet on Screen, Filmfax magazine and the journal Post-Haste. His poetry has been published under three different versions of his own name, plus the names Paul Michaels, J. M. Jesson, and Billy T. Jacobs.
Alzheimer's: The Answers You Need
Co-authored with Helen D. Davies, Alzheimer's: The Answers You Need is the first guidebook to help newly diagnosed patients get through the next few years of their lives. Mike and Helen have appeared on many radio and television shows in North America, and made personal appearances to support the book. To learn more about Alzheimer's: The Answers You Need, click here.
The book is being revised with hope that a new edition will be ready in a couple of years.
Shakespeares After Shakespeare: An Encyclopedia of the Bard in the Mass Media and Popular Culture
This two volume reference work was published in 2007. Mike is one of thirteen contributors, writing over 700 entries about Shakespeare on the radio and in comics. Click here to see the publisher's page for the book.
Life on the Farm
A publication of the Graduate Medical Education Office at Stanford University, this book welcomes and orients new residents and interns to Stanford Hospital. The book explains living in the San Francisco Bay Area and commuting to work, nearby recources and communities, how to get around the area, and the policies and procedures to successfully navigate training at Stanford Hospital. Mike took a version that was several years old and gave it a through updating and revision.
Contributed Chapters/Essays to These Books
Shakespeare Survey 61, "Lend Me Your Ears: Sampling BBC Radio Shakespeare." This is a survey of the work of three BBC radio directors who produced Shakespeare for the radio as a way of describing the various ways that the BBC has produced radio Shakespeare, (Cambridge University Press, 2008). Click here for the publisher's page.
Shakespeare on Film, Television and Radio: The Researcher's Guide, "Henry V (1976)" "The Wars of the Roses (1965)," and "Julius Caesar (1950)," Three very short essays describing worthwhile radio and television productions of Shakespeare from the USA and Great Britain, (British Universities Film and Video Counsel, 2009). Click here for the publisher's page.
Mike contributed a chapter on Shakespeare comic books for The Edinburgh Compantion to Shakespeare and the Arts just published in Scotland. He surveys Shakespeare comic books, manga, allusions, quotations, and Shakespeare as a character world-wide. Click here for the publisher's page.
Shakespeare Survey 65, "A Midsummer Night's Dream on radio: the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's radio series" looks at the history of the OSF series as seen through three versions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and a 1951 broadcast of King Lear. He finds that the radio show helped the small-town Festival become the self-sustaining Festival it is today.
Mike will also lead a seminar on Shakespeare documentaries at the 2013 Shakespeare Association meeting in St. Louis. Please consider writing a paper for that seminar. Here is the blurb that will appear in the next SAA Bulletin:
The Shakespeare Documentary
Seminar Leader: Michael P. Jensen
Many who have never read a Shakespeare play have seen a Shakespeare documentary. This seminar considers the hundreds of programs produced for radio, film, and television that have served educational, marketing, and propaganda purposes. Possible avenues include: documentaries about a single play or Shakespeare's life, audio/visual classroom materials, the personalities of corporations behind the documentaries, DVD extras, changes in documentary treatments of Shakespeaer over time and across media, how and why documentaries matter. Those who have produced or participated in Shakespeare documentaries are most welcome.
Editors, to check the progress of the work Mike is doing for you, click here.
For long term projects, click here.
Shakespeare Teaching, Articles and Scholarship
Mike has published roughly 80 articles and reviews about William Shakespeare. He has lectured on Shakespeare at Stanford University, the Wooden O Symposium (Cedar City, Utah), the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Southern Oregon University (Ashland, Oregon), the Charles M. Schulz Museum (Santa Rosa, California), and presented a paper on the history of Shakespeare comics at Wonder Con in San Francisco. His article "Forbidden Tempest" has been published three times, once on-line. Mike is also a contributor to the Non-Shakespearian Drama Database, which presents facts about the other plays and playwrights of Shakespeare's time.
Mike recently co-taught the Shakespeare and Popular Culture class at Southern Oregon University.
The essays benind the links below were written to answer student questions or correct false impressions. They were originally posted on the course web-site at Stanford, or used as handouts in class. Another piece was created as research for a paper at the 2002 Shakespeare Association of America conference.
Click here for "Two Images in Antony and Cleopatra"
Click here for facts about the 1935 film A Midsummer Night's Dream
Click here for an inventory of the magic effects in the 1996 film version of A Midsummer Night's Dream
Click Here for a series of National Inquirer type headlines about the real-life woman who became the lead character in the non-Shakespearean play The Roaring Girl
Click Here for a list of plot holes in Twelfth Night
Click here for "Shakespeare's Missing Mothers"
Click here for the "Love and Virgin Word Counts" in All's Well That Ends Well
Shakespeare Cinema Marketing Images
Mike maintains a web-site for film scholars to study the marketing materials created for dozens of Shakespeare films. Click here for the Home Page and to link to the menu of films.
Mike created and writes the "Talking Books" column in Shakespeare Newsletter where he interviews prominent Shakespeareans about important books on Shakespeare, his theater, and his times. The column began in Fall 2001.
Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation
Mike guest edited a special section about Service Shakespeare, meaning Shakespeare used in the service of different populations in need. Essays include using Shakespeare as a therapy for Alzheimer’s patients, cross-cultural education, a Shakespeare prison program, performing Shakespeare with homeless actors and actors with similar challenges, a high school Shakespeare copetition, disabled access at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and a paper about using Shakespeare as a therapy in film. These essays and Mike's introduction may be accessed here.
Michael P. Jensen
Guest edited the special section on Service Shakespeare in the journal Borrowers and Lenders, as well as writing the introduction and one of the articles. Click here for the Table of Contents.
Article on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival King Lear and interview with actor Stacy Keach in Shakespeare Newsletter.
Aritcle on George Herriman's use of Shakespeare in the Krazy Kat comic strip in Hogan's Alley.
Both published December 2013.
Click Here for a complete list of Mike's publications.
A December 2013 interview with Mike in The Shakespeare Standard may be found by clicking here.
The most recent newspaper article about Mike may be found by clicking here
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