The Sensitivity Reader podcast we will talk about the craft, business, and necessity of diverse stories in research, literature, and other media.
S02 Episode 03 The Business of Sensitivity Reading with Erin Servais
On this episode, Erin Servais of Dot and Dash LLC and I compare and contrast beta and sensitivity reading, and discuss their work with Dot and Dash LLC and the Minneapolis writing community. We focus on some of the nuances of being a sensitivity reader, self-advocacy, and use make a case for sensitivity readers to increase their rates.
S02 E02 Representation in Speculative Fiction With Author, Courtney Morgan
Speculative Fiction includes anything and everything that pushes the boundaries of reality: surrealism, fabulism, horror, science fiction, fantasy, horror, magical realism and more! Join author Courtney Morgan and I for a discussion on blurring the boundaries between the real and the unreal and what literature can do to help us understand oppression and marginalization.
As a special treat, Courtney reads an excerpt from her story, “Womb, Feather, Bone” from her book, The Seven Autopsies of Norah Hannem
S02 E01 Representation in Horror: A Review of Knives and Skin With Eneri Rodriguez
Join Eneri “Netty” Rodriguez and I for a discussion of representation in the 2019 experimental film, Knives and Skin directed by Jennifer Reeder. We talk feminist cliches, teen angst, and the power of representation in movies. Netty is an expert on gender, race, and horror and you do not want to miss this episode!
Episode 7 Part 2 of 2 Own Voices with Maha Kamal
Part 2 of 2: South Asian writer and attorney, Maha Kamal and I talk about self-advocacy and creating and participating in alternative publishing platforms. Then we cover the importance of a strong writing community for marginalized people. Maha uses her background in diversity, equity, and inclusion work to suggest ways that the publishing industry can improve representation and accessibility for #ownvoices writers. Check out some of Maha Kamal’s writing and visual art here: www.mahakamal.com
Episode 7 Part 1 of 2 Own Voices with Maha Kamal
Part 1 of 2: South Asian writer and attorney, Maha Kamal talks about the short story collection she is working on. Including, what led her to write speculative fiction and the themes and characters in her stories. Other topics in this episode are: autofiction, historical figures in India and Pakistan, what it is like to be a south Asian writer submitting to contests.
Maha Kamal’s writing and visual art here: www.mahakamal.com
Episode 6: Trans Women in Stories with Cara Tucker
In this episode, we discuss representation and tropes of trans women in books and television. In addition to talking about common tropes, Cara and I discuss what’s missing from trans women’s characters. We also talk about best practices for using pronouns and previous names in character flashbacks and backstory. Hire Cara for audio visual services including podcast editing and videography: https://caratucker.com/
VITAL TOOL for ALL Writers, Editors, Publishers
I’ve been a writer for 20 years, an editor for 15 years and a professional publisher for 13 years. I'm always striving to learn more and better myself in my perspective, understanding and needs of others in my line of work. But for many people who’ve been at it as long as I have, and are not in school, it’s easy to think you’ve learned it all and to switch into autopilot mode when working with others in your field or creating your own works. You just want to get the job done. But that doesn’t work anymore in a world that needs us to be more aware than ever in how we tell stories and present media and to understand who our audience is.
Sydney’s podcast is incredibly eye-opening, diving deep into what it means to truly do your best work by creating more authentic and respectful portrayals of marginalized communities. They also beautifully explain the necessity of diverse stories and media in our collective cultures. Sensitivity reading is not about censoring people’s voices or blanketing works with political correctness. It’s the opposite. Truly every writer and publisher should be utilizing the resources of readers like Sydney to create more solid, impactful and successful works.
One of my favorite things I’ve learn from this podcast is that sensitivity readers, and those who work with them, are exercising activism (activism for introverts as Sydney explains!) which actually translates into extroverted activism, as this kind of work causes a ripple affect by positivity and healthfully impacting our collective communities. Can’t wait for more episodes!
Much-Needed, Nuanced Examination of the World of Sensitivity Readers
This is a great podcast if you've heard the phrase sensitivity reader but still aren't quite sure what it means. It's also for those who think the world doesn't NEED sensitivity readers, or that sensitivity readers may in some way be detrimental to the purpose of the creation.
This podcast offers a nuanced examination of what these things mean to those sensitivity readers working in the field.
Informative and needed
This podcast helped me to better understand what sensitivity reading is. I didn’t know much about the topic and after the first episode I feel like I have a real understanding of what it is and why it’s needed. I look forward to the diverse topics that the host talked about for further episodes. Thank you for making this podcast available! I think that everyone can find something in this podcast and I’m excited to watch it grow.