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.
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, this book 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, geting 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 article takes a case study approach to survey the work of three BBC directors who produced Shakespeare broadcasts as a means of understanding 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.
The Edinburgh Compantion to Shakespeare and the Arts, (Edinburgh University Press, 2011). Mike surveys world-wide Shakespeare comic books including straight adaptations from different eras, manga, allusions, quotations, and concludes with a look at Shakespeare as a comic book character. 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. Mike finds that the radio show helped the small-town theatre become the self-sustaining Festival it is today (Cambridge Univesrity Press, 2013).
The Shakespearean World looks at how Shakespeare is represented in the world today. A brace of top scholars contributed the chapters on a wide array of subjects. Mike's chapter makes the case for performance scholars to take audio Shakespeare as seriously as they do stage, films and television, for, as he demonstrates, audio is a vital record of great performances and an important part of performance history. The book will be published in October 2016 by Taylor and Francis.
Shakespeare Survey 69 will include "The Noble Romans: When Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra Were Made Sequels," a study of a 1979 BBC World Service series that recreated these plays as the saga of Marc Antony, and the peculiar historical moment that encouraged it. This book will be available from Cambridge University Press in October 2016.
Shakespeare Teaching, Articles and Scholarship
NEXT: Mike written a paper about how Charles M. Schulz used Shakespeare in Peanuts and his other comic strip work for the "Quoting Shakespeare" seminar at the World Shakespeare Congress in England in 2016. A longer version of the paper will be published in Hogan's Alley.
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
"Shakespeare in Ashland" Adult class will read four of the plays performed by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, see the plays on stage, and discuss both in class. Location: Ashland Library
Dates: July 12-15
"Talking Books with Zachery Lesser" in the January issue of Shakespeare Newsletter.
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