Billie R. Tadros /
February 21, 2018

About The Author

Billie R. Tadros

Billie R. Tadros is a Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and her M.F.A. in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her first book of poems The Tree We Planted and Buried You In is forthcoming from Otis Books in 2018.

Fairy tales have often presented me with gendered narratives to resist or to respond to—even since childhood. (Example: when I went trick-or-treating after Disney released Beauty and the Beast I insisted on going as the Beast, not as Belle.) What I value most about folklore and storytelling is that, through stories, we can rewrite and reimagine bodies—and bodies of work and culture. That’s what the speaker in “(re)peat” is aspiring—and spiraling—to do. (I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention that when I was sixteen I wrote a song entitled “Fairy Tale.”)