11 episodes

The Sensitivity Reader podcast we will talk about the craft, business, and necessity of diverse stories in research, literature, and other media.

The Sensitivity Reader Podcast Sydney Fowler

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 18 Ratings

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

    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.
    Links:
    Guest: Erin Servais Dot and Dash, LLC. expert author services for women https://www.dotanddashllc.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dot_and_dash_llc/
     
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/GrammarParty
     
    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/dotanddashllc/
    Dot and Dash Writer’s Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/dotanddashllc/
     
    The Big Five US Trade Book Publishers: https://almossawi.com/big-five-publishers/
     
    Editorial Freelancer’s Association’s Editorial Rates Chart: https://www.the-efa.org/rates/?fbclid=IwAR2AbYAZj44XKJbe8xk7pX7CwMtq2eN2VDq4rlup7Cp6W6BdQxKfQCYxdSQ
    Confidentiality agreements for writers & authors:
    https://www.everynda.com/blog/confidentiality-agreement-writers-authors/
     
    More info about this podcast and Sydney's sensitivity reading services:
    Website: www.sensitivityreader.com
    Email: sensitivityreader@gmail.com
    Social Media: Facebook and Twitter
    Music arrangement and podcast editing by Cara Tucker https://caratucker.com/
    Logo design by Leonard Pollard, commissions open: leonard.pollard@colorado.edu Seriously, he’s amazing. You should see what he can do with embroidery floss.
    Shout out to Nikita Burks-Hale, M.Ed. at Journeygurlmagic.com for all of her support in getting this podcast off the ground. Nikita is a journey coach and podcast editor.

    • 57 min
    S02 E02 Representation in Speculative Fiction With Author, Courtney Morgan

    S02 E02 Representation in Speculative Fiction With Author, Courtney Morgan

     "Science fiction is not predictive; it is descriptive." 
    -Ursula K. Le Guin, from the Introduction to The Left Hand of Darkness
    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 Hanneman. 
     
    Links:
    Visit Courtney’s website: https://www.courtneyemorgan.com/ for information about her mentorship and workshop offerings and sign up for her newsletter to get rituals and writing prompts based on the moon cycle sent directly to you!
    The Thought Erotic Literary Journal: https://thethoughterotic.com 
     
    Get a copy of The Seven Autopsies of Norah Hanneman
     
    Courtney also teaches writing workshops at Lighthouse Writers Workshop: https://www.lighthousewriters.org/
    Reading List and Mentions:
    Gabriel García Márquez
    Isabel Allende
    Jamaica kincaid
    Edwidge Danticat
    Marcia Douglas
    Aimee Bender
    Karen Russel
    Helen Oyeyemi
    EBook version of “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    Film: Mary Shelley, (2017)
    EBook version of Frankenstein, by Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
    EBook version of  A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    More info about this podcast and Sydney's sensitivity reading services:
    Website: www.sensitivityreader.com
    Email: sensitivityreader@gmail.com
    Social Media: Facebook and Twitter
    Music arrangement and podcast editing by Cara Tucker https://caratucker.com/
    Logo design by Leonard Pollard, commissions open: leonard.pollard@colorado.edu Seriously, he’s amazing. You should see what he can do with embroidery floss.
    Shout out to Nikita Burks-Hale, M.Ed. at Journeygurlmagic.com for all of her support in getting this podcast off the ground. Nikita is a journey coach and podcast editor.

    • 41 min
    S02 E01 Representation in Horror: A Review of Knives and Skin With Eneri Rodriguez

    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!
    Links:
    Follow Eneri “Netty” Rodriguez https://www.instagram.com/nettythebakingbetty
     
    Knives and Skin, (2019), director, Jennifer Reeder 
    Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy at Metropolitan State University of Denver
    GITA Hold Of Yourself Podcast
    2 Fat 2 Furious Podcast
    Trailers and Mentions:
    Candyman, 1992
    Netflix’s Hannibal
    Bela Lugosi’s Dracula
    Free version of Bram Stoker's Dracula
    Bessie Griffin’s version of “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child”
    A fan tribute to David Lynch’s films if you want to get a feel for his style
    Teeth, 2007
    Netflix’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
    Nightmare on Elm Street 2 (Freddy’s Revenge), (1985)
    Sleep Away Camp, 1983
    Rise of Skywalker, 2019
    Color Out of Space, 2020
    Black Christmas, (2019)
    Jeremy Renner
    Gillian Anderson 
    Jordan Peele
    More info about this podcast and Sydney's sensitivity reading services:
    Website: www.sensitivityreader.com
    Email: sensitivityreader@gmail.com
    Social Media: Facebook and Twitter
    Music arrangement and podcast editing by Cara Tucker https://caratucker.com/
    Logo design by Leonard Pollard, commissions open: leonard.pollard@colorado.edu Seriously, he’s amazing. You should see what he can do with embroidery floss.
    Shout out to Nikita Burks-Hale, M.Ed. at Journeygurlmagic.com for all of her support in getting this podcast off the ground. Nikita is a journey coach and podcast editor.

    • 43 min
    Episode 7 Part 2 of 2 Own Voices with Maha Kamal

    Episode 7 Part 2 of 2 Own Voices with Maha Kamal

    Description:
    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
    Links:
    Latinx criticism of American Dirt by Jeanine Cummings
    Denver Women’s Press Club
    The Word: A story telling sanctuary
    Good news! the [margins.] conference is on! It will take place remotely, August 1-2, 2020 because their kickstarter was more than fully funded Note: Since my conversation with Maha, Tattered Cover released a statement in response to the Black Lives Matter protests. That letter and a community response from writers of color and community leaders can be found here. Book Bar is a Denver independent book store to support instead of Tattered Cover Bobby LeFebre is Colorado's 8th poet laureate and the first person of color to be named poet laureate in the century that the state honor has existed. 
    More info about this podcast & sensitivity reading services:
    Website: www.sensitivityreader.com
    Email: sensitivityreader@gmail.com
    Social Media: Facebook and Twitter
    Music arrangement and podcast editing by Cara Tucker https://caratucker.com/
    Logo design by Leonard Pollard, commissions open: leonard.pollard@colorado.edu Seriously, he’s amazing. You should see what he can do with embroidery floss.
    Shout out to Nikita Burks-Hale, M.Ed. at Journeygurlmagic.com for all of her support in getting this podcast off the ground. Nikita is a journey coach and podcast editor.

    • 28 min
    Episode 7 Part 1 of 2 Own Voices with Maha Kamal

    Episode 7 Part 1 of 2 Own Voices with Maha Kamal

    Description:
    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. We wrap up Part 1 with the necessity of researching when writing about identities other than your own. Remember to check out Part 2 for the rest of my conversation with Maha.
    Check out some of Maha Kamal’s writing and visual art here: www.mahakamal.com
    Links:
    NPR, “Back When I was Older”
    More information about Muhammad Ali Jinna and his wife, Ratanbai Jinnah
    White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India by William ­Dalrymple
    Fun fact- "autofiction” was the term Truman Capote used to describe his novel, In Cold Blood
    The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
    Black Mirror
    The Friday 500 events at Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop (currently on hiatus due to Covid-19)
    You can read “The Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang here
    NYC Midnight short story competition
    Latinx criticism of American Dirt by Jeanine Cummings
    More info about the #Ownvoices movement
    Maha Kamal’s writing and visual art here: www.mahakamal.com
    More info about this podcast and Sydney's sensitivity reading services:
    Website: www.sensitivityreader.com
    Email: sensitivityreader@gmail.com
    Social Media: Facebook and Twitter
    Music arrangement and podcast editing by Cara Tucker https://caratucker.com/
    Logo design by Leonard Pollard, commissions open: leonard.pollard@colorado.edu Seriously, he’s amazing. You should see what he can do with embroidery floss.
    Shout out to Nikita Burks-Hale, M.Ed. at Journeygurlmagic.com for all of her support in getting this podcast off the ground. Nikita is a journey coach and podcast editor.

    • 33 min
    Episode 6: Trans Women in Stories with Cara Tucker

    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 and where the line is between authenticity and tragedy porn.
    Hire Cara for audio visual services including podcast editing and videography: https://caratucker.com/
    Bonus: Listen all the way through for a sample of Cara’s chiptunes arrangement of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony.
    Links: 
    Some links include spoilers.
    Laverne Cox who plays Sophia on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. Here is an article about the trauma / tragedy porn in the show (spoilers and triggering content about racial violence, police brutality, incarceration, and transphobia). I want to acknowledge that in my conversation with Cara, we did not include the
    Sense8 created by the Wachowski sisters, Lana and Lilly, who also directed The Matrix
    Wendy Carlos- a musician and composer who helped develop the Moog Synthesizer which was the first commercially available keyboard instrument.
    Lynn Conway- the computer scientist whose task efficiency system is still used in most computers today.
    Battleblock Theatre
    Star Wars: Clone Wars- Darth Maul’s back story (spoilers)
    An article from the New Yorker about the backlash to Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi
    More info about this podcast and my sensitivity reading services:
    Website: www.sensitivityreader.com
    Email: sensitivityreader@gmail.com
    Social Media: Facebook and Twitter
    Music arrangement and podcast editing by Cara Tucker https://caratucker.com/
    Logo design by Leonard Pollard, commissions open: leonard.pollard@colorado.edu Seriously, he’s amazing. You should see what he can do with embroidery floss.
    Shout out to Nikita Burks-Hale, M.Ed. at Journeygurlmagic.com for all of her support in getting this podcast off the ground. Nikita is a journey coach and podcast editor.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

K Michalak ,

Very helpful!

This podcast helped me become a lot more educated and conscious about my responsibilities as a writer.

pen is mightier than the sword ,

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!

BadMagicTricks ,

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.

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