While many of us are inspired by stories of adventure, not many of us have been in sword fights, or understand witchcraft. Even those of us who have had experiences with these, likely have only practiced in a handful of martial arts styles or ancestral traditions. My responsibility as a sensitivity reader is to bring my lived experiences to your art. Thankfully, I’ve lived a rather colorful life. As an Indigenous person, I bring an understanding of colonial power dynamics to your stories, by explaining how those power dynamics affect us as modern day people. I grew up displaced from my Mohawk and Abenaki communities, which forced me to learn about my culture twice: once through the American school system, and then through my own communities’ teachings later in life. For a while I taught Natives and Non-Natives alike about Northeastern Woodland history, with a primary focus on my own Mohawk and Abenaki family history, as well the history of the Rotinonhshión:ni, the Iroquois Confederacy, as a culture. I’m not a historian, but I have worked with them. Because I’m Two-Spirit, I look for queer representation in the stories I read as well. There’s a special place in my heart for the messy drama that comes with well-written relationship dynamics.
As an Ashkenazi Jew, I can discuss Jewish practices, both secular and religious. I studied at a Jewish private school for most of my childhood and I like to talk about the experience of growing up Jewish and biracial. There’s beauty to be found in the mysticism and folklore in Jewish traditions. To quote Taika Waititi’s beautiful film Jojo Rabbit, “I am descended from those who wrestle angels and kill giants,” and I am very enthusiastic about helping create more of that kind of representation in stories.
As a survivor of acute childhood trauma, I can talk about methods for being gentle with readers’ feelings when exploring heavy topics. Not only do I have an understanding of working through my own trauma, I’ve worked with friends, family, and students still learning how to understand their own painful lived experiences. Because of this, I’m happy to add my thoughts on mental illness, recovery and misconceptions surrounding so-called insanity to your story.
Beyond that, I can discuss wilderness living skills, archery, melee fighting, neopagan witchcraft, summer camp culture among other obscure topics. I enjoy working in arts of all different media, and have experience working with novels, TTRPGs, film, stage, audio, video games, and boardgames. I don’t believe a good story can happen without creative risks. My goal as a sensitivity reader isn’t to help you create a risk-free piece of art, but to help you take the best risks possible.
Sensitivity / Expert
- Contemporary Indigenous Culture
- Iroquois Culture and History
- Ashkenazi Judaism (Religion/Culture)
- Childhood Trauma
- Working with Children, neurotypical and neurodivergent, ages 4-17
- Summer Camp Culture
- Mental Health (C-PTSD, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, ADD, Trauma-induced Missing Memories)
- Male Survivor of Rape
- Growing up Biracial
- Northeastern and northwestern bushcraft, wildcraft, and wilderness survival
- LGBTQIA+ community
Adventure YA Speculative Fiction Sci-Fi Supernatural Horror Paranormal Fiction