I have long delighted in the mystery and depth of meaning to be found in traditional tales, folklore, and fairy tales in particular. Though fairy stories are often, in modern context, relegated to the sphere of the nursery, they are more and more often being appropriately reclaimed by the realm of the hearth, where old tales have been transmitted to convey both lifeways and meaning into the every day.

Many of my stories reflect on the traditional boundaries women have found their lives operating within, and attempts to claim some agency over them. As women, and other marginalized people, have long faced limited options and constraints on personal space and action, every autonomous act or exercise of will becomes a resistance to those external forces, and asserts a small, additional pressure toward breaking down those barriers.

These tales represent my contribution, as an Asian-American and as a woman, toward that ultimate pressure on, and resistance to oppressive structures in every sphere.




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Photo: I. Jack Gaines

Kiyomi Appleton Gaines is a writer of fairy tales and other fantastical things. She is a Contributing Editor at Enchanted Conversation.  She lives in New Orleans with her husband, a one-eyed cat, and a snake.

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