Where Bard Meets Life

Caroline Bicks is the Stephen E. King Chair in Literature at the University of Maine and is also on the faculty of the Bread Loaf School of English. She's published academic work on Shakespeare's plays and world, with an emphasis on gender, girlhood, and the history of science. Her creative nonfiction has been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered" and in the “Modern Love” column of the New York Times. She loves to perform humorous personal stories in front of live audiences and does so whenever she can in shows like "Listen To Your Mother," "Afterbirth: Stories You Won't Read in a Parenting Magazine," and "Not What I Signed Up For." She also loves a good drink, a good laugh, her husband, and their two kids. Not necessarily in that order.

Michelle Ephraim is Associate Professor of English at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she teaches courses on Shakespeare, early   modern drama, and creative writing. She’s the author of the book Reading the Jewish Woman on the Elizabethan Stage and articles on adultery, religious conversion, and other controversial matters in Shakespeare’s plays. Most recently, she’s written about Shakespeare in North American popular culture and the comic series Kill Shakespeare. Her personal essays and humor pieces have appeared in Tikkun, Lilith, The Morning News, Word Riot, Take, Dacunha, and the Washington Post. She lives in Boston with her husband and four children. She’ll tell you more over a cocktail and some salty snacks.


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