Patricia Ruiz-Rivera is a freelancer with a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison who also works as an assistant editor for the literary magazine, American Short Fiction. She has taught writing and literary studies at the university level, worked with publishers and, most recently, with book festivals. She is also fluent in five different languages, loves golden retrievers and tons of coffee. 

Patricia loves reading every single genre out there, really! While she mostly reads literary fiction, science fiction, and memoirs, she really loves to explore different genres. 

As a sensitivity reader, Patricia can help you identify any linguistic and cultural problems surrounding her different areas of expertise. She loves helping writers accurately represent diverse voices all across the board. In addition to this, Patricia is a language nerd! She can help you tweak your translations in any of the languages listed in her bio.


  Sensitivity / Expert

  • Latinx women
  • Mixed race identity
  • Standard and regional Spanish language and culture (including translations)
  • Standard and regional French language and culture (including translations)
  • Latinx diaspora in the USA
  • Jewish identity and communities
  • Mental Illness (Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
  • Body image and eating disorders
  • Translation checks: Spanish, French, German, and Brazilian Portuguese
  • Latinx culture (Puerto Rico, Cuban, Dominican, Caribbean), 1970s and 1980s Argentine history

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 Avoided Genres


What Clients Say


Working with Patricia and Erin has been extremely helpful, and a very painless process. My concerns were addressed politely and my mistakes without judgment. I found it very enlightening, and I think it will make my manuscript stronger.


It has been absolutely lovely. Everyone involved has been kind and professional. All of my concerns have been addressed without judgment, only a positive attitude.