Sensitivity Reader Directory

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Select the "Request" button next to the reader's name, fill out the short request form (make sure to include their name in your request), tell us about your book and how your reader can help.

If the readers below do not fit your needs please reach out via the "contact me" page to inquire about additional readers that are not featured.

Alejandra Oliva

She/Her

Latinidad, Queerness

Qualifications

Sociology/Creative writing major, worked in the publishing industry for 4 years, and do my best to keep in step with conversations happening around diversity.

Reading Interests

YA, MG, Adult

Gabi Montgomery

She/They

African-American, Mexican-American/Chicanx, Mixed race, First generation American, Woman of Color

Qualifications

Extensive study African-American and women's literature in the department of English at Howard University while working as a writing tutor providing constructive feedback in regard to structure, style, and sensitivity in different genres of writing.

Reading Interests

YA, No genre preference

Gabriel CP

He/She/They

Bisexual or pansexual, Racial impostor syndrome/Americanized Latinx, Proper portrayal of mental illness, Dealing with prejudice from their own communities, Emotional abuse and its lasting effects

Qualifications

Lived experience. Beta reader and proof reader

Reading Interests

Fantasy in general, Sci-Fi Fiction, Mystery/thriller, Young Adult, New Adult, Horror

Georgina Kamsika

She/Her

British Asian (Second generation Indian). Bisexuality, Biracial, UK

Qualifications

Lived experience

Reading Interests

No Preference

Jenna Beacom

She/Her

Deaf, hard of hearing, sign language, hearing loss, late-deafened, cochlear implants

Qualifications

I have a master’s in Deaf Education and many years’ experience as a deaf activist and advocate. I am deaf myself. Sensitivity Reading for three years including for Big Five publishers.

Reading Interests

YA preferred but anything is fine.

Jessie Maimone

She/Her

Bi-racial (African American and white), Parental abuse, Anxiety, Chronic illness (ulcerative colitis)

Qualifications

B.A in English, M.S. in Publishing, and 6 years of editing experience

Reading Interests

YA preferred, but open to other genres

Kayla Bashe

They/Them

Disability/chronic illness, Judaism, ADHD, mental illness, nonbinary/lesbian/nonbinary lesbian

Qualifications

I am a rabbi's offspring with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. I was diagnosed with ADHD at age 7 and have struggled with anxiety since around the same time. Additionally, I have written novellas and short stories grappling with these marginalizations.

Reading Interests

No age preference. I especially love speculative fiction.

Maya Beck (on hiatus)

She/Her

Black, Muslim, social anxiety, family with mental illness, lower-income, queer

Qualifications

Lived experience + previous workshopping experience through VONA, Kimbilio, tin House, The Loft Literary Center, etc

Reading Interests

I specialize in middle grade, but am open to and actively read/write most other genres.

Megan Manzano

She/Her

Bisexuality, Pansexuality, Self Harm, Eating Disorders, Depression, Social Anxiety,Panic Disorder

Qualifications

I've been a part of the publishing industry for two years having worked for indie fantasy publishers and now as an assistant editor in NYC. Coupled with that I am an intern for Corvisieo Literary Agency.I have both an eye for what makes a manuscript strong, but also an understanding of the industry and how to best communicate concerns to authors.

Reading Interests

MG,YA. No paranormal or horror stories

Mikaela Moody

She/Her

Disfigurement, Hearing aid use, Trans female existence

Qualifications

Lived experience

Reading Interests

No Preference

Nathaniel Glanzman

He/Him

Transgender, Autism Spectrum Disorder/Asperger's Syndrome, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder/Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Asian American/Filipino

Qualifications

Lived experience, Experience as a sensitivity reader

Reading Interests

No Preference except no erotica

Ravi Teixeira

They/He

Mixed race (specifically black/white), Mentally illness, and Transmasculinity

Qualifications

I am transmasculine, mentally ill and mixed race. I also have a minor degree in Creative Writing as well as experience reading mixed race and transmasc characters.

Reading Interests

No Preference

Renee Harleston

She/Her

African-American/Black cisgendered women and girls, Urban black culture, Suburban black culture, African Americans in majority white spaces, Chronic illness/pain

Qualifications

Lived experience. I have a Masters degree in Cultural Anthropology with a focus on identity, immigration, nationality, and race. History, race, and social justice educator. As an anthropologist and educator. Published author.

Reading Interests

No Preference

Sarah Kapit

She/Her

Autism, Jewish

Qualifications

I am an autistic Jewish woman with longstanding experience in the neurodiversity movement. I am the chairperson of the Association for Autistic Community.

Reading Interests

MG and YA, Adult SFF

Sossity Chiricuzio

She/Her

queer life (urban and rural), gender, disability/chronic illness, fat/body positivity, dysphoria, disassociation, eating disorders, poor/working class, sexuality/kink/polyamory, female/women (cisgender, and trans as an ally/accomplice), anti-racism lens (as an ally/accomplice)

Qualifications

I have a BA in Women's Studies/Humanities, and decades of personal research, lived experience, and grassroots activism in all of the above listed topics. I have been writing for decades--poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and journalism--and teaching writing for over a decade, with an emphasis on observation, awareness, and intersectional politics. I also produced/hosted an open mic for 9 years on sex/gender/sexuality with all the overlaps those topics had, and have taught sex education with a focus on consent, negotiation, and processing experiences of assault/domestic violence.

Reading Interests

No Preference

Tina Catania

She/Her

Ableism, Classism, Sexism, Medical literature and representations, Catholicism/Christianity, Feminism

Qualifications

BA in Women's Studies, Italian, Social Science
MA/PHD in Social Science & Women's Studies
10+ years freelance academic/nonfiction copy editor and developmental/structural editor. Taught high-school creative writing workshops, published non-fiction author

Reading Interests

No horror, no erotica

Trae Hawkins

He/Him

Black experience, Racism, LGBTQ+, Mental illness (depression, ADHD, generalized and social anxiety disorder, panic disorder), Black in majority non-black spaces, Family trauma, Workplace discrimination

Qualifications

Lived experience. BA in English at Penn State University w/a focus in creative writing. Grad Student focusing on race relations and marginalized experiences (Teaching experience at a university level. Published author.

Reading Interests

No Preference

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