Award-winning writer, teacher
and scholar

Fatal Chavez

Laura Madeline Wiseman’s poetry collection, Some Fatal Effects of Curiosity and Disobedience, published by Lavender Ink (2014), takes one of the most gruesome fairytales which teaches women that curiosity means death (literally), and turns it completely on its head. And what’s best about how she does that, is instead of only making the female character somehow “strong” or feisty or brave—like so many contemporary feminist re-envisionings of fairytales—she highlights the multiplicity and polyphony of the female characters in the original tale and presents female characters here that are fully realized and complex: sometimes troubled, sometimes angry, and possibly most importantly sometimes mindfully walking into situations where they know they might be hurt.

– Sarah A. Chavez