Dr. Billie R. Tadros

Associate Professor of English
Co-Moderator, Mu Omicron Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, The English Honor Society
Associate Faculty, Women's & Gender Studies Program
Director of Health Humanities Concentration

Ph. D., English, The University of Louisiana at Lafayette
M.F.A., Writing, Sarah Lawrence College
B.A., Creative Writing, Music Susquehanna University

 Dr. Billie R. Tadros previously served as a Lecturer at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.  She is the author of three books of poems, Graft Fixation (Gold Wake Press, 2020), Was Body  (Indolent Books, 2020), and The Tree We Planted and Buried You In (Otis Books, 2018), and three chapbooks, Am/Are I  (Francis House, 2020), inter: burial places (Porkbelly Press, 2016) and Containers (Dancing Girl Press, 2014).  Her poems have appeared in journals including Bone Bouquet, Black Warrior Review, Crab Fat Magazine, Entropy, Lavender Review, and Tupelo Quarterly, and in anthologies including The Queer South (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014) and Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence  (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013). She is currently working on a narrative research project exploring the gendered implications of traumatic injuries to self-identified women runners, part of which was recently published as a chapter in Women's Health Advocacy: Rhetorical Ingenuity for the 21st Century  (Routledge, 2019). Dr. Tadros serves as a Poetry Editor for the journal Gigantic Sequins and as an Assistant Poetry Editor for the journal Fairy Tale Review. She is the faculty moderator for the University's Mu Omicron chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society. She is an associate faculty member in the Women's & Gender Studies Program, and she directs the Health Humanities Concentration.   

Dr. Billie Tadros currently teaches the following courses:

3 cr. (CL)

An exploration of the nature of poetry, its value, aims, and techniques. The emphasis will be critical rather than historical. The range of poems and the specific selections may vary with the individual instructor.

3 cr. (CL, EPW)

Students will engage rhetorical and poetic texts from Aristotle to the present to understand the historical relationships between "rhetoric" and "poetics" and the ways they have been theorized. Students will produce written and oral texts and consider the meanings of language for themselves as readers, writers, orators, and citizens.

SJLA Students only

3 cr. (CL, D, W)

This course will explore the narrative conventions of both the (literary) life story and the (scientific) case history as a means of analyzing both the characters involved in literary depictions of illness and the ways in which they perceive and understand others involved in the same healthcare event.

3 cr. (CL, D)

This course critically explores the cultural stories we tell about illness, injury, and disability, examining how these narrative models impact the material realities of people's lives and bodies, and how they both reflect and (re)produce ideological assumptions underlying social institutions and power structures, including those pertaining to gender.

3 cr. (CL, Prerequisites: ENLT 121 or ENLT 140 or permission of instructor. Familiarity with poetic conventions, terminology, forms, etc.)

This course invites students to a sampling of significant poems by a half dozen or more contemporary american poets who have published within the past half century. All poets selected have enjoyed major recognition. Poets may include Sylvia Plath, Philip Levine, Rita Dove, Frank O'Hara, Gary Soto, Li-Young Lee, and others. (offered alternate years).

3 cr. (FYW)

Students develop techniques for making effective contributions in writing to intellectual discussions, academically and in other cultural settings. Students are tasked with forming the strong foundation in critical reading, thinking, writing, researching, and reflecting necessary for expressing ideas in a variety of rhetorical situations.

3 cr.

Theory and practice of writing poems. Opportunity for sustained, serious responses to student work and practical advice on publishing, graduate programs, etc. The course employs a workshop format and expects students to possess facility with language and  a love of reading and writing. Photocopying fee.

3 cr.

(Prerequisite: WRTG 216)

Advanced workshop on practice and theory of writing poetry. The course encourages extensive reading and intensive writing. Photocopying fee.

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