Michelle Nugent is a writer and educator living in historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She studied Special Education at Temple University, and spends her days with an incredible group of students. She’s fascinated by the arts, culture, and history of Philadelphia, and considers the city and surrounding area her personal playground. She also loves astronomy, Indian food, and coffeehouses. She can almost always be found with her nose in a book, or cohosting the writing podcast Casual Misfit Radio with BSR associate editor Kyle V. Hiller.
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Stop calling essential workers heroes and start actually helping us
The myth of the tireless worker
Michelle Nugent is an essential worker, not a hero. For everyone who wants to thank an essential worker today, she explains who the real heroes could be, if they stepped up.
Hulu presents Clea Duvall’s ‘Happiest Season'
It’s exciting to see mainstream platforms making and promoting Christmas romances telling queer stories, but Hulu’s ‘Happiest Season’ is run-of-the-mill holiday cheese. Michelle Nugent reviews.
‘Pillar of Heaven’ by Kitty Shields
What’s a paycheck worth?
Young workers trying to survive the shoals of 2020 will relate to Philly author Kitty Shields’s urban fantasy debut, ‘Pillar of Heaven,’ which considers just what a big paycheck is worth. Michelle Nugent reviews.
Why I love it when teenagers push back: one teacher’s politics in a 2020 classroom
Classrooms change and we should change with them
Michelle Nugent absorbed a commitment to neutrality during her own education as a teacher. But here’s why she’s leaving it behind in today’s classroom.
What being a caregiver in the pandemic taught me about real revolution
When anger isn’t enough
Before the pandemic hit, Michelle Nugent defined herself by her work as a teacher and writer. But a necessary shift to caregiving taught her more about our moment than she expected.
‘PUNKS’ by Richard Cucarese
Missing Philly’s punk ethos
‘PUNKS,’ the debut novel by Richard Cucarese, visits 1980s Philadelphia without sampling the social context that would’ve been so relevant today. Michelle Nugent reviews.
SoLow Fest 2020: Yannick Trapman-O’Brien presents ‘The Telelibrary Travel Agency’
Theater, trivia, experiment
This globetrotting choose-your-own-adventure experience is interactive theater through your phone, running as part of this year’s SoLow Fest. Michelle Nugent reviews.
What happens when we appreciate women without valuing them?
Well-behaved women in the real world
We often spend Women’s History Month focusing on famous figures—but what could a more collective way of thinking bring to our sense of the value of women who aren’t making history, but who are making our society? Michelle Nugent considers.
The Michener Art Museum presents Selma Bortner and Franz Josef Ponstingl
How others experience the world
Two artists now on display at the Michener—one well-known in her lifetime, and one who worked in obscurity—remind us to pay attention to the world through new perspectives. Michelle Nugent reviews.
‘Fakes, Forgeries, and Frauds’ by Nancy Moses
What makes a fake?
‘Fakes, Forgeries, and Frauds,’ following the long life of swindles and controversies from Shakespeare to anti-vaxxers, doesn’t draw the sharp parallels that the topic deserves in today’s world. Michelle Nugent reviews.
A queer girl’s guide to love…for everyone
Five tips in time for V-day
For most of her life, Michelle Nugent was still in the closet, and dated accordingly. But exploring romance in the queer community brought her new perspectives on finding love (or being happy solo) that apply to people of all orientations.
The Painted Bride presents Eric Jaffe and Foster Longo’s ‘Lizard of Oz’
A whole new world of ‘Wizard of Oz’
‘Lizard of Oz,’ a Philly Theatre Week offering spoofing a world of ‘Wizard of Oz’ stories, brings it all home to Philly. Michell Nugent reviews.
‘Don’t Read the Comments’ by Eric Smith
This story about a young person forced to commodify her every moment is an endearing and compelling window on claiming space in gamer-geek culture. Michelle Nugent reviews.
‘The Dutch House’ by Ann Patchett
At home in Elkins Park
Ann Patchett’s latest novel brings the ingredients of a 20th-century fairy tale to the Philly suburb of Elkins Park. Michelle Nugent reviews.
What do former Christians hold dear over the holidays?
Christmas and the post-Catholic atheist
Sure, there are plenty of reasons for a queer feminist atheist to look back bitterly on a Catholic upbringing—but exiting a life of faith isn’t so simple. Michelle Nugent considers.