Pellissippi State’s writer-in-residence presents ‘Sexy Shakespeare II’

Ed Francisco

Ed Francisco

Lovers, wives and dalliances: William Shakespeare had so many affairs that his love life is legendary.

Ed Francisco, English professor and writer-in-residence at Pellissippi State Community College, discussed the liaisons in his first “Sexy Shakespeare” lecture a few months ago to a standing-room-only crowd. Now, he says, the research done for that lecture has inspired him to present a second lecture and write a novel.

Francisco will read from the first two chapters of his work-in-progress at the Thursday, April 19, lecture, “Sexy Shakespeare II: The Further Adventures of the Amorous Bard of Avon.” He will discuss Shakespeare’s web of women and, using material from the writer’s plays and poems, will speculate about the identity of the mysterious “dark lady,” whom Shakespeare apparently loved.

The community is invited to the free event. It takes place 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus. The presentation is sponsored by Pellissippi State’s student service-learning club, Gnosis, and the college’s Faculty Lecture Series.

For more information, call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

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