Michael Corrigan

Michael Corrigan

Michael Corrigan was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He holds an MA in English from San Francisco State and attended the American Film Institute to study screenwriting. At the American Film Institute, he wrote screenplays for student videos and attended many seminars led by professional film directors and producers. David Shaw became one of his mentors. He taught English and speech communications at Idaho State University. His books include Confessions of a Shanty Irishman, a hybrid memoir, A Year and a Day, a grief memoir published by Idaho State University Press, and These Precious Hours, a collection of connected stories and now an audiobook read by Alex Hyde White. Three other books are available as audiobooks. Mulligan, a novel about—in part—the Irish in the Civil War, is his most recent book. Corrigan was nominated for a Pushcart prize for the short story, “Free Fall.”

Posts by Michael Corrigan

    Cruising Paradise with Sam Shepard

    In 1979, Sam Shepard received the Pulitzer Prize for his dark drama, Buried Child, and in 1984, he earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff. In 1980, one of Shepard’s most popular “dysfunctional family” plays, True West, opened to acclaim; after three decades, it is often revived. A Lie of the Mind opened in 1985 and won the Drama Desk award that year for best play. In a recent interview, Shepard insisted A Lie of the Mind is a better play than Buried Child. Lie has not one but two dysfunctional families on stage, and possibly because of the split focus and length, A Lie of the Mind is rarely performed.

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