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

 Preferred Genres

Anything!

 Avoided Genres

None!


What Clients Say

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I had a consultation with a sensitivity reader, asking specific and vague questions via email exchange. I worked with Dae and they were incredibly insightful and encouraging. Not only did they give excellent insight into a non binary experience and helping me to avoid pitfalls before I even wrote them, when contextual details intrigued them, they told me about it, which was so, so encouraging. Dae was genuine, honest, and professional, providing thoughtful and in-depth responses to even very strange questions (like gender identity and exploration while being immortal and ancient), and links to further research for some situations. 1010 would absolutely work with Dae again, and Salt and Sage. My experiences were very welcoming, educational, and encouraging, and I cannot recommend them enough.

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I had a consultation with a sensitivity reader, asking specific and vague questions via email exchange. I worked with Dae and they were incredibly insightful and encouraging. Not only did they give excellent insight into a non binary experience and helping me to avoid pitfalls before I even wrote them, when contextual details intrigued them, they told me about it, which was so, so encouraging. Dae was genuine, honest, and professional, providing thoughtful and in-depth responses to even very strange questions (like gender identity and exploration while being immortal and ancient), and links to further research for some situations. 1010 would absolutely work with Dae again, and Salt and Sage. My experiences were very welcoming, educational, and encouraging, and I cannot recommend them enough.