Dae loves stories, and is eternally torn between discovering new ones and rereading old favorites. When not reading, they can be found volunteering or doing paid non-profit work. They have found that their focus on helping is just as essential to sensitivity reading as their love of stories, and so put kindness at the core of their approach. Kindness in sensitivity reading means not shaming writers for “being problematic” but instead focusing on solutions. Dae focuses on gently working with you to discuss intersections of cultural context with your writing, offering potential solutions and alternate approaches, and giving you the resources you need.
Kindness also means not offering false reassurances and positivity while glossing things over. Instead, it means offering concrete resources and advice to take your piece to the next level. It means offering a new perspective on your work to help you match up the story you’re conveying to the story you want to tell. Ultimately, Dae’s approach is about giving you the tools to tell your story the best you can.
Dae enthusiastically works with a range of genres, with a special soft spot for YA and urban fantasy.
Sensitivity / Expert
- Mixed Latinx culture (including Mexican-American)
- Latinx diaspora in the USA
- Mixed race representation
- Regional familiarity for the rural midwest
- Queer/LGBTQ+ concerns and culture, specifically nonbinary and asexual representation
- Disability representation and spoonie culture
What Clients Say
Dae put so much thought and reflection into the reading, and their points are very clear and useful. I am so grateful for Dae’s perspective and insights; they will help me so much with re-working and fine-tuning. The benefit of Dae’s sensitivity and cultural lens, with the constructive guidance generously given, will greatly strengthen my work-in-progress! I would not hesitate to return for another sensitivity read, and give Salt & Sage my highest recommendation!