Michael Goodwin Hilton

Michael Goodwin Hilton

Michael Goodwin Hilton is a playwright, poet and short story writer. His plays include “Blue Sky Somewhere” (Manhattan Repertory Theatre), “The Mountaineers” (T. Schreiber Studio), “Dance With Winter” (Finalist for Best Original Script at the 2014 FEATS Festival in Luxembourg), “The Weary” (RPW & Stories About Humans), “Phases” (Runner-Up for Best Drama at the First Annual One-Page Play Festival in Stuttgart), “Sunlight Man” (Five & Dime Theatre) and “Light Below Us” (New English and American Theatre).

He is a two-time recipient of the Governor’s Award for Best Play in the State of New Jersey, The Spotlight Award from True Acting Institute as well as other honors.

His work has been published by Smith and Kraus in The Best Men’s Monologues of 2019 and 2020 as well as The Best Women’s Monologues of 2020 and 2022. His poem “The Creek Nearby” has been published by Tiny Seed Journal in their Plant Your Words Anthology. He studied playwriting at Fordham University and holds an MA in American Studies from the University of Tübingen.

He lived for more than a year in a L’Arche community in Ireland where he helped conduct a theatre workshop for adults with intellectual disabilities. He teaches English and playwriting at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt and lives with his family in Bavaria. He is thrilled to be publishing his debut short story collection, “What The Statue Thinks,” with Wild Ink Publishing.

Coming January 2024

What the Statue Thinks

A recovering alcoholic must face his demons in the ‘land of the dead.’ Two actresses become dangerously consumed by an experimental approach to making theatre. A married couple travels to their old vacation spot in search of everything they’ve lost. A neighborhood’s misguided efforts to remove a gaggle of domestic geese lead to the transformation of a young boy. Two lifeguards wrestle over thorny questions of guilt and accountability in the long shadow of 9/11. The owner of a local bike store and a misjudged teenager enter onto a tragic collision course one fateful night. Set principally in the Jersey Shore area, these eleven stories portray people who somehow manage to wrest a strange and singular beauty from the ordeals that define their lives.

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