ADVANCE PRAISE for WAS BODY (Indolent Books, 2020):

Reading Was Body provided a jolt I didn’t realize I needed. Using tropes of iteration and erasure, medical mythologies, nude portraiture, phantasmagoria, and “theme and variation” on phrases ranging from “cellar door” to “lighter fluid,” Billie R. Tadros bewitches us with language’s associative properties. Fun House Mirror Sonnets? Here. The emotional semantics of Hollandaise sauce? Here. These are poems of loss and reckoning; yet these nimble poems also claim life, in tooth and claw, and the possibilities of love. “A ferris wheel spelling/appellations,” a speaker observes, “bulb color.” I’m grateful to take the ride.

— Sandra Beasley, author of Count the Waves

It feels dangerous to build an entire collection around a single love affair, but Tadros is willing to take the risk. As she writes, “Most fever has reason, and so / there is cause for heat.” And in her collection Was Body, she mines that heat—the highs and lows, the desperate longings and the even more desperate fulfillments of those longings—to create a collection that circles, echoes, and twists. Fraught with the themes of obsession, suicide, and self-harm, the book nonetheless contains moving love poems, the best of which are tight sonnets that recall the power of Marilyn Hacker’s intimate portraits of two women in love and in bed. But like all good love stories, this one casts long shadows, into which Tadros steps with an eerie comfort: “you can/elegize the dying with their own/words, I’ve been wearing yours/as a veil.”

— Keetje Kuipers, author of All Its Charms

This invigorating collection brings such stark & stellar clarity to the language of grief that it’s sometimes difficult to know if Tadros is deftly flexing in magical realism or we’re finally encountering a poet who can give it to us straight. Either way, Was Body remains a fresh & haunting reintroduction to the corporeal form as a wilderness for word play & reclamation.

— Meg Day, author of Last Psalm at Sea Level


PUBLICATIONS AND WORKS IN PROGRESS

Poetry Books

Graft Fixation. Gold Wake Press, forthcoming, 2021.

Was Body. Indolent Books, forthcoming.

The Tree We Planted and Buried You In. Otis Books, 2018. 

Poetry Chapbooks
 
Am/Are I. Francis House Publishing, forthcoming.
inter: burial places. Porkbelly Press, 2016.
    
Containers.  Dancing Girl Press, 2014.                                                                                         

Poems in Anthologies

“Interstate.” In The Queer South. Ed. Douglas Ray. Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014. 247-248.

“Intercourse.” In The Queer South. Ed. Douglas Ray. Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014. 249.

“Interact.” In The Queer South. Ed. Douglas Ray. Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014. 250.

“Interstices.” In The Queer South. Ed. Douglas Ray. Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014. 251.

“Again-running.” In Bearers of Distance. Ed. Martin Elwell and Jenn Monroe. Eastern Point Press, 2013. 10.

“Gunning.” In Bearers of Distance. Ed. Martin Elwell and Jenn Monroe. Eastern Point Press, 2013. 11.

“Un.” In Bearers of Distance. Ed. Martin Elwell and Jenn Monroe. Eastern Point Press, 2013. 12.

“Nude with Puzzle Piece.” Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence. Ed. Laura Madeline Wiseman. Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013. 178.

“Nude with Circular Saw.” Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence. Ed. Laura Madeline Wiseman. Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013. 179.

Poems in Periodicals

“Twenty-six words for Vulva: S is for Seedpod.” Whale Road Review (forthcoming).

“Associations with Acid.” Glass: A Journal of Poetry (2019).

“Hypnopompia.” We Were So Small (2019).

“Thorn.” We Were So Small (2019).

“Twenty-six words for Vulva: A is for Aperture.” phoebe (2019): 91.

“What It Looks Like inside the Spinning.” Black Warrior Review 45.2 (2019): 156.

“Stichs/Stitches.” Black Warrior Review 45.2 (2019): 157.

“Anticipation.” Black Warrior Review 45.2 (2019): 158.

“Legs.” Black Warrior Review 45.2 (2019): 159.

“Scans.” Black Warrior Review 45.2 (2019): 16.

"Postcards Left Unaddressed." Crab Fat Magazine (2018).

“Full.” Heron Tree (2018).

"Twenty-six Words for Vulva: R is for Ravine." Lavender Review (2018). Nominated for Sundress Publications' Best of the Net.

"(re)peat." Fairy Tale Review (2018).

"Convalescence." r.kv.r.y. (2018). 

“Hollandaise.” Crab Fat Magazine (2017).

“Because a line has no endpoint.” White Stag Journal (2017): 18-19.

“Voicemail on Your Birthday Three Years after You Didn’t Do It.” White Stag Journal (2017): 27.

“Epithalamion.” White Stag Journal (2017): 29-34.

"Anatomy of an Accident: Erasure with Gray's." Bone Bouquet (2017): 15.

“Fugue/state 1.” Entropy (2017).

“Fugue/state 3.” Entropy (2017).

“Fugue/state 4.” Entropy (2017).

“Fistula: theme and variations.” Entropy (2017).

“Notes on orchestration.” Entropy (2017).

“Release: theme and variations.” Entropy (2017).

"Husbandry, an American Tale." Eureka Literary Magazine 22 (2017): 32-33.

"Cellar Door: theme and variations." Eureka Literary Magazine 22 (2017): 34-35.

"Cinco de Mayo, 2014." Eureka Literary Magazine 22 (2017): 36-37.

"How to Prop." pnk prl (2017).

"Fun House Mirrors: Invert." Menacing Hedge (2016).

"Fun House Mirrors: Refract." Menacing Hedge (2016).

"Fun House Mirrors: Warp." Menacing Hedge (2016).

"Fun House Mirrors: Fray." Menacing Hedge (2016).

"Dysmorphia." Word Riot (2016).

"Dysmorphia." Word Riot (2016).

"Dysmorphia." Word Riot (2016).

"Pardon." Word Riot (2016).

"Phantasmagoria: gossamers." The Collapsar (2016).

"Phantasmagoria: crocuses." The Collapsar (2016).

"Phantasmagoria: peel peal appeal." The Collapsar (2016).

"Phantasmagoria: darkroom." The Collapsar (2016).

“Fugue State 2.” Kindred 11, Mason Dixon Issue (2016): 12.

“Variable: x admits light.” Horse Less Review (2016)

“Variable: x emits light.” Horse Less Review (2016).

“Variable: x remits light.” Horse Less Review (2016).

“Acreage: theme and variations.” Gigantic Sequins (2016): 28-29. Finalist for 4th Annual Poetry Contest.

“Twenty-six Words for Vulva: N is for Noose.” No Tokens 1 (2014): 105-106.

“Piecemeal.” Tupelo Quarterly (2013). Top 20 Finalist for Tupelo Quarterly Inaugural Poetry Prize chosen by Ilya Kaminsky.

“Twenty-six Words for Vulva: C is for Clingstone.” Wicked Alice (2013).

“Twenty-six Words for Vulva: G is for Grotto.” Wicked Alice (2013).

“Twenty-six Words for Vulva: H is for Honeycomb.” Wicked Alice (2013).

“Twenty-six Words for Vulva: O is for Origin.” Wicked Alice (2013).

“Twenty-six Words for Vulva: P is for Polyp.” Wicked Alice (2013).

“Chance, Practices, Limitations.” Barely South Review (2013): 51-53.

“Lighter fluid: theme and variations.” The Boiler (2013).

“Warfare: theme and variations.” The Boiler (2013).

“Twenty-six Words for Vulva: L is for Lyre.” The Boiler (2013).

“Twenty-six Words for Vulva: W is for Whalebone.” The Boiler (2013).

“Reactor.” Yalobusha Review 17 (2012): 95-96. Selected by Sandra Beasley for the Yellowwood Poetry Prize.

“Dendrochronology.” Barely South Review (2012): 13.

“Airfoils, Cross Sections.” Barely South Review (2012): 14-17.

“To Adam.” The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review 17 (2012).

“Medium.” The Susquehanna Review (2010): 11.

“Drops.” The North Central Review (2010): 1.

Book Chapters

“‘Most doctors will just say “Stop running”’: Women Runners' Narratives, Agency, and Identity.” (forthcoming in Women’s Health Advocacy: Rhetorical Ingenuity for the 21st Century, Routledge, 2019, 2020)