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NameInterested In…QualificationsContactArea of Expertise Area of Expertise Area of Expertise Area of Expertise Area of Expertise Area of Expertise Area of Expertise Area of Expertise Area of Expertise Area of Expertise Area of Expertise Area of Expertise
Adam B.Young Adult, Fantasy, Superheroes, Science Fiction, Mythology, Erotica, Horror, Thriller, Ghost Stories, Mystery, Whodunnits, Drama, Angst, Fluff, MG, Graphic Novels, Children's books, LGBT/queer fiction anything related to comics and manga, etc.BA in English, written for publications like PopWrapped, self-published, self-taught artist, podcaster, life experiencessa.bouraleh@gmail.comGay (closeted due to home environment)Black (Somali-Canadian, second generation + child of Somali immigrants)/African-Canadian, but grew up in the States)Muslim (Sunni)Balancing the duality of seemingly-irreconcilable and mutually-exclusive identities, having to balance the culture of my ethnicity with the culture of my nationalityBeta ReaderLow-income family/experiences with povertyAnxietyDepressionArt (commissioned/freelance artist)
Adam BoothmanFiction, Historical Fiction, Romance / Erotica, YA, Crime, Thriller, Horror, Fantasy, Sci-FiMTA: Networking MTA: Security MTA: Server Administration, 2 Lvl 3 Diplomas in IT Practice and Professionalism, Media Studies AS Level, Business Studies AS Level, ICT OCR National and AS Level, English Language and Literature GCSEsamjbooth@gmail.comQueer TheoryTransness and Trans Culture from an Assigned Male At Birth perspectiveGender Expression and Gender DivergenceDrag as an art formMasculinity, Femininity and Gender Norms in History and Modern SocietyLGBT History and PoliticsGay CulturePoetryComputer Science / ComputingMental Illness (Aspergers, Anxiety, Depression)
Aimee MuiYA, Romance, Erotica, Fiction, healthLibrarian, Project Manager, Korean adopteeaimeebe@gmail.comproject management, specifically government project management and virtual teamsCommunications: nonverbal, presentations, interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, internal communications, including marketingSociology/Psychology/geo-politics related to international, transracial adoption and traumaPublic administration, public service, customer service, management, working with the public, leadershipNonprofit leadership: founding board member, leadership position on several other nonprofits, including being treasurerlaw and government: federal employee, policy, government programsInstruction and teaching: instructional design, teaching technology and EnglishHealth and wellness, including medical insurance, holistic or alternative medicine, mental health treatment and care
Aishah AmatullahEspecially interested in YA, Fantasy, Romance, and general fiction but open to all.I am a disability justice educator and focus on multiply marginalized identities.amatullah.aishah@gmail.comLGBTQ (especially pansexual/demisexual/queer & butch/femme)Islamrural and southern U.S. culturespovertywomen & femmes
Aishah AmatullahEspecially interested in YA, Fantasy, Romance, and general fiction, but open to anything.Disability justice education with experience focusing on intersectional identities and multiple marginalization. ESL teacher with editing experience.amatullah.aishah@gmail.comLGBTQ (especially bi/pan/demisexual & butch/femme identities)Islampoor/working class background, first gen college studentphysical and developmental/cognitive disabilitiesmental healthrural & southern U.S. cultures
Al R.EverythingParalegal, diagnosed with a terminal illness, gay, Jewishrosenberg.alexandra.c@gmail.comTerminal or chronic illness - degradation of muscles and organsLesbianism/queernessJewish faithChronic painAbusive childhood - verbally and physicallyOCD - Hoarding Syndrome
Alejandra OlivaYA, literary fiction, sociology, etc.editorial assistant at a major houseesolivalejandra@gmail.comrace (esp. Latinidad, white-passing folks)queer/LGBTQgender
Alex CassoYA/NA/A, particularly SFF and Horror, but I'm open to anything.Life Experience (I am a queer, non-binary child abuse survivor with several mental illnesses). I am also an author and an editor.alexecasso@gmail.comMental Illness (Anxiety, Depression, OCD, Paranoid Personality Disorder, Stockholm Syndrome, C-PTSD, ADHD)Queer/LGBTQ+ (Specifically Bi, Aro/Ace spectrum, Non-Binary, Polyamory, QPR’s)Severe Childhood Trauma/Parental AbuseChronic Pain
Alex HansenYA, Science Fiction, FantasyCollege student specializing in Spanish studies, with an interest and deep knowledge of LGBT issues and musicavx1998@gmail.comLGBTPoliticsHispanic culture/issuesReligionContemporary music
Alexandra S.Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult (fantasy preferred, but anything except erotica is fine)BA in English, life experiences, volunteer at a local LGBTQAI+ organisation, planned MA in Gender Studiesnellielavellan@gmail.combisexual & asexualHungarian (includes language/translation help)depression & anxiety
AlyssaYA, SFF, whateveralyssakeiko@gmail.comJapanese-American girlBiracial (AsAm/white)genderqueernon-binary AFAB
Amber Potentially any except erotica and horror (zombies are okay), no major character deathLife experiences, BA in Education (Deaf Education, Early Childhood Special Education, K-8 Special Education), 13 years of American Sign Language, 5 years teaching (oral and sign-dependent; both hearing aid and Cochlear Implant users; experience in residential Deaf schools and public schools)bookstacksamber@gmail.comDeaf and Hard of Hearing (I recommend using an actual D/deaf or HoH person as a reader, but I'm available if you can't find someone)Asexuality spectrum (grey ace and grey aromantic)Anxiety, both generalized and socialFeminismFibromyalgia (mother & several other close family members have been diagnosed)
Amelia Menzelliterary fiction, short fiction, creative non-fiction, longform non-fiction, YA, SFF, technical writingB.A. in Philosophy, 4 years experience as a freelance copywriter and copy editoramelia.j.menzel@gmail.comtransgender (trans woman)lesbianqueer / LGBTintersexJudaismPTSDADD / ADHDfeminism / feminist studiesminority experiences in academia and the sciences
Anah TillarYA, NA, Contemporary, SFF, LGBT/queer fiction, Horror, Magical Realism, Mystery/Thriller, Superheroes, MythologyBlack queer woman; B.A. in English Liberal Arts from the University of Northern Colorado; Editor-in-Chief of The Crucible Literary Magazine; Editor at Paperweight Editorial. Novelist and short story writer; my work has received various awards, including Rosenberry winner for Best Creative Nonfiction. Life;; strangerthereader.blogspot.comBlack (African-American)PansexualityGeek Girl – The experience of a black girl teased and mocked for enjoying popular geek culture. Accused of acting white, being an oreo, etc.Token Black Friend – Often the only black friend in a group.Agnostic – Growing up non-religious in a religious, southern black home.First-generation college studentMicroaggressions against black women.
AndreaEverything!The lived experience of myself and close family members. I am a writer with a BA and MSc in the social sciences.andreanovelediting@gmail.comSchizophrenia (especially violent and undifferentiated types)Eating Disorders (Anorexia and EDNOS)PTSD (non-combat) and TraumaHallucinations (auditory, visual, and tactile)Self-HarmDepressionAnxiety (including panic attacks)
AngelYA, SFF, NA
BFA in Creative Writing, 5 years of book blogging, copy editing experience, writer for several online publications including Women Write About Comics and Book Riot
angelcruzwrites@gmail.comFirst/second-generation immigrant experience
Filipina-Canadian (but raised in the States and the Philippines)
Anxiety/depressionCatholicismAsian representation
Anna BowlesParticularly MG and YA, but any genreI'm a highly experienced children's and YA editor. I'm British and have type II bipolar.If you'd like to hire me, please go via Reedsy: II disorder and related experiences, e.g. depressionBritish, especially English, life and culture
Ash H.YALife Experiencesash.holland@outlook.comTransgender Characters - common issues, correct terms, problematic language, contextLGBT - common issues, correct terms, problematic language, context
YA contemporary, science fiction and fantasy
Life experiences, YA writerashiamonet@yahoo.comBlack/African AmericanBisexualityFeminismRacism
Ashley MitchellYA, SFF, Romance, Literary FictionWorked in publishing for 3years, Occasional reviewer of title submissions for Book of the Month, Beta reader for a YA series (Necole Ryse, "The Legacy", was manuscript reader for Literary agent Linda Langton, Life Experiencesashleyrymitchell@gmail.comBlack American WomanAfro Latina (my mother is Puerto Rican-second generation immigrant)FeminismRacism/Colorism - seen as less then if Latin community for being brown, unable to speak languageChild of a parent with depression/alcoholismPoverty, Poor UpbringingFirst-generation college studentAnxiety (GAD/Phobias)Abuse survivor (sexual, physical, emotional)Spiritual/Agnostic – Growing up non-religious in a religious black home.
Ashley StevensYA, SFF, Historical Fiction (short stories, manuscripts, graphic novels, etc)2 1/2 years experience of critiquing scifi/fantasy manuscripts and short stories as part of critique groupe. Occasional reviewer of screenplays by amateur filmmakers. In regards to historical fiction, I have an American history and archives background.asteven8@gmail.comI am interested in the portrayl of people of color, specifically of black women in fiction. I would like to see a multi-faceted, complex rendering of black women.Portrayal of Religion and/or Faith. I come from a religious background and am genuinely intrigued by religion and faith as presented in publications.The Southern (or Southerner experience) and the historical baggage that brings to the table and colors perceptions and encounters with people.
AvaLiterary and commercial fiction, magazine and newspaper articles, memoire, biographies, nonfictionMA in Creative Writing, experienced editor, published author, journalistava.homa1@gmail.comMiddle East politics and cultureKurds in Iran, Iraq, Syria and TurkeyWomen of Middle East, culture and movementsIran, day to day life, language, politicsUS Foreign policy and KurdsUS- Iran relationsKurdish language, literature, cinema, music
Ava MortierYA and MG onlyLife experiences, many years of writing novels, 4 years of book blogging and reviewing, freelance editing experiences (beta and sensitivity reads).Bookishnessandtea@gmail.comQueer representation: Specifically Bisexual/Biromantic/Pansexual/Panromantic/QueerQueer repesentation: Specifically demiromantic
B gender
Barbara MuschanyLife Experience: My own bipolar disorder (30+ years); my spouse's lifelong diabetes, kidney transplant (in his 30s), minor brain surgery (also in his 30s) and mild strokes (in his 40s); my sister's heart disease (in her 30s) and recent heart transplant; plus infertility, suburban living, and working in a corporate design studio and as a freelance artist.bjcmusch@gmail.comCHRONIC ILLNESS, both patient and caregiver experiences; living with invisible illness (mental illness, diabetes, immunosuppression, mild stroke, severe heart disease in young mother). Hospital stays, emergency room visits for chronic illness. Biases and molding a life around chronic and invisible illness. ORGAN TRANSPLANT (my spouse's live-donor kidney, my sister's wait-list heart); the diagnosis, the wait, the procedure, the aftermath, dealing with immunosuppression, side-effects, recovery expectations, money, travel concerns, and life-changes. Living dependant on medication.MENTAL ILLNESS: DEPRESSION (as teen and adult), suicide ideation (pre-teen [age 10+], teen, adult), BIPOLAR I & II DISORDER (primarily as adult), therapy experiences, medication and side-effects, stigma, living dependant on medication. Also JOB: the prevalence and affect of mental illness in creative fields, creative professionals, working with neurotypical and non-neurotypical peers, and disability job discrimination related to mental illness.INFERTILITY, the “treatment-roller-coaster”, artificial semination, egg and sperm donation, infertility grief, stigma, emotional recovery. Childfree couples; suburban married life; owning pets.CREATIVE JOB FIELDS: corporate design studio, freelance design, traditional fine art, atelier study, portrait painting. Dynamics in creative professional groups, and between creatives and corporate. Also depression/mental illness in creative professional groups. Art supplies, processes, techniques.MISC. LIFE EXPERIENCE: Growing up in a large family; growing up in rural midwest; growing up a girl with many brothers, being a “middle child”, growing up Catholic. Growing up a “brainy” girl: school, stigma, bullying, fictional identities/worlds as escape, peer groups, books, poetry, comics and role-playing games; geek culture. Also liberal arts colleges in the 1990s, suburban married life, and owning pets.ORGAN TRANSPLANT (my spouse's live-donor kidney, my sister's wait-list heart); the diagnosis, the wait, the procedure, the aftermath, dealing with immunosuppression, side-effects, recovery expectations, money, travel concerns, and life-changes. Living dependant on medication.
Bethany C Morrow
YA, SF, Magical Realism, Literary, Romance, Thriller
Editorial intern for a publisher, Honors English substitute teacher,
Black Female experience (incl. motherhood, higher education, international travel, sisterhood/sibling dynamics, etc)
BWWM Interracial relationship
International Baccalaureate high school experience (other accelerated education programs)
Black perspective on Christianity
Invisible disability (specifically Sickle Trait Disorder)
Performance culture (Marching Band, Drill Team, Clarinet Ensemble, Dance, etc)
Bettye J. MillerSensitivity - Children's Books (all ages)M.S. and Ed.D. degree in Readingdrglovermiller@aol.comLanguage analysis of writingTeacher of Reading-all levelsUnconscious Bias in writingBias in Academic writings
Blake FlournoyYA, Middle Grade, Literary Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Erotica, Romance, Gen. GenreB.A in Psychology (Narrative & Relational Psych focus), Professional & Creative Writing Double-Minor, six (6) years journalism experience, self-published author, sex-ed educator, 2 years social work (victims of sexual abuse/harrassment), short stories published in various outlets, podcaster, life experiences living in the Southern United Statescontact@blakeflournoy.comBlack American (no subculture)LGBTQ+ (Genderfluid, Nonbinary, Queer)Rural & Southern U.S. culture (Georgia)Working-class background / first-generation college studentAlcoholic Parent / Parent with addictionDepression & AnxietyPsychology & Sociology (focus on lived experiences & the effects of trauma)Siblings on autism-spectrumEmotional abuse / suicidal thoughts / close proximity or relation to sexual assault and/or harrassmentNewspaper reporting
Breeny N.YA contemporaryExperience with beta and sensitivity readingbreenys.books@gmail.comBlackMuslimFemaleGrew up in a predominantly white area
Brittany YostLiterary Fiction, YA, Science Fiction, Dystopic Literature, MysteryI have a BA in English Literature and Communication Studies with an emphasis in Intercultural Communication. I was just accepted into the 2017-2018 University College London Masters in Publishing Program. I am a book reviewer for SIGNAL YA Journal and a sitting member of the SPU School of Education Diversity Committee and led diversity seminars addressing minority experiences and white privilege as an undergraduate. Also, as an undergraduate, I served at Klipsun Magazine as their copy editor for 6 months. I draw on my lived experience as an African American female.BAYost16@gmail.comIntercultural CommunicationInter-sectional IdentitiesFeminism/Gender EqualityMultiracial RepresentationAfrican American CultureDomestic and gun violenceMillennial CultureWorkplace gender, race, age discriminationContent and copy editing
Bruna Dantas LobatoLiterary and commercial fiction, magazine articles, memoir, general nonfictionMFA in Literary Translation, MFA in Fiction, BA in Comparative Literature and Latin American Studies. Written for publications like The Christian Science Monitor, Ploughshares, BOMB, and elsewhere. Originally from Brazil.blobato@bennington.eduLatino & Latin American politics and cultureRace relations (microaggressions, passing for white, etc)English as a second language and non-native speakersImmigrant and expatriate experiencesThe Global South and postcolonialism
BrynnaYA, erotica, general fictionUndergraduate degree in English, psychology, & creative arts; masters degree in library science (during which I focused regularly on diverse programming and content)cinemaholic.darling@gmail.comSapphic female content (lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, polysexual, otherwise queer)Mental illness/invisible disability (personal experience with depression, anxiety, OCD, autism, PTSD; academic and real-life knowledge of other types as well)Physical disability (limited personal experience with being in a wheelchair; academic and real-life knowledge of other situations as well)Mental/emotional abuse (by family members and friends; repercussions such as PTSD included)Asexual spectrum experiences (asexual, gray-asexual, demisexual, etc.)The repercussions of a(n aggressively) Christian upbringingDebilitating dermatological conditions (eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, scars, etc.)Being overweight and the possible psychological repercussions (internal, i.e. self-doubt; external, i.e. familial pressure and emotional abuse) thereofBullying (from acquaintances, friends, and potential romantic partners)So-called alternative sexuality (i.e. kink, BDSM) being practiced healthily (i.e. not like it's practiced in most conventional literature)
Caelegh SnowAnything but eroticaLife experiencecaelegh@gmail.comBipolar II DisorderBorderline Personality DisorderAvoidant Personality DisorderSchizoid Personality DisorderSocial AnxietyGeneralized AnxietyInvisible DisabilityBisexuality/Polysexuality
Cam MontgomeryContemporary YA/NA/Adult (Romance)BA in English/Creative Writing/Deaf culture. Agented novelist, short story author, essayist.candicemontgomery2@gmail.comAnxiety/Depression/Panic disorder/OCDTwo-time cancer survivor (Lymphoma)Black AmericanDisordered eatingDeaf cultureClassically trained dancePanromantic demisexual with lived romantic experience as well as prejudicePracticing MuslimaDiasporaInterracial relationships
Carrow NarbyFiction, any genre or marketGraduate degrees in gender studies and public policy, with a focus on disability and inclusion as well as media analysis; published cultural criticism on autism in media; current work in disability policy research and advocacy; lived experience as someone formally diagnosed with Asperger syndromecarrow.narby@gmail.comAsperger's/"high-functioning" autism
Chanie B.anyLife experiences, writerwriting@chaniebeckman.comOrthodox Judaism (and being a half breed in that community)Parent of child with Asperger'sBipolarRape/sexual assault survivorPansexualInvisible physical disability (Ehlers-Danlos), includes use of wheelchairChronic degenerative illnessHolocaust (grandchild of survivors, have met/talked to about 20 survivors)
Charlie C PetchContemporary Fiction, Erotica, Sci Fi, Romance, YA, Business communicationsMember of 2 anti oppression boards for spoken word poetry in the US & Canada. Proofreader of Fiction & Non Fiction. Published author (under Cathy Petch), I teach workshops around how to handle call out culture online as well as understanding the "New Conversation" around Anti Racist and Decolonization of Language. I'm a member of the League of Canadian Poets, a creative director of a provincial LGBTQPIA2S spoken word series, panelist on these subjects, humourist and I live as a trans person with an invisible disability.charliecpetch@gmail.comDecolonization of languageTrans Inclusive LanguageAnti Racist LanguageAnti Ableist LanguageAnti Rape Culture LanguagePatience and tact with writersProofreadingEditingPoetry & Fiction EditingBusiness Language
Charlotte DavisYA, MG - all genres
MFA in Writing for Children from The New School, former editorial intern/temp at Arthur A. Levine Books, CAKE Literary
African-American/BlackBisexual/QueerFemale/she/her/hersNon-gender-comformingNeurodivergent (OCD)
Chelsea M. Cameron
Romance, YA, NA, Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, International Bestselling Author (Italy), #1 Amazon Bestseller (Style) in Teen LGBT Anxiety Disorder
Cherise BentonYA, SFF, mystery, speculative fictionSeven years of content editing through a writing center and as a freelancer; YSU English Festival (author seminars, insight sessions, etc.); Spanish and English literary criticismismeelola@me.comIntersectionality & representation/diversity vs. tropes: workshopping minority characters that just serve as tokens/plot devices; stereotypical actions/beliefs that clash with character traits but serve to make them "authentic"; white savior narratives where main characters go to war for a demographic they have no interactions or relationships withPlot holes/unstylized narrative inconsistency
Christina FlorizaAnything!Master's degree in Philosophy with concentrations in critical race theory and feminist philosophy, first-generation Filipino American woman, non-binary sexual orientation, lives with a rare neurological disorder called Pseudotumor Cerebri, survivor of mental and emotional abuse, previously copyedited and proofread for academic articles and monographs that went to (double encrypted for security!)Race and intersectionality (e.g. what it means to be not just a woman, but a woman of color, and how one's lived experience situates her socially, historically, politically, etc)The Asian American experience, especially as the daughter of immigrantsThe Filipino American experienceWestern Philosophy, such as Kant, Hegel, Marx, Beauvoir, SartreLiving with a rare neurological disorder (specifically Pseudotumor Cerebri, also known as Intracranial Hypertension)Survivor of mental and emotional abuse in romantic relationshipsThe performing arts, especially acting, improv, and classical singingAcademia, especially academic librariesLiving with anxietyHaving a non-binary sexual identity (pansexuality)
ChristineMG, YA, NA, and select Adult.I'm a graduate student at the University of Washington. My work will be published in OUR STORIES, OUR VOICES (Simon Pulse, 2018), a resistance anthology edited by Amy Reed. As a sensitivity reader, I draw from my extensive education in media and diversity studies, as well as my lived experiences as a biracial Native American woman.chlday@uw.eduBiracialNative AmericanIndigenous DiasporaNative History (federal policies, assimilation tactics & resistance, etc.)Urban/Suburban Native Experiences
Claudia Guadalupe MartinezYA, Middle Grade, Picture Books, Bilingual,My debut novel, The Smell of Old Lady Perfume (Cinco Puntos, 2008), received the 2009 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, the 2008 Texas Institute of Letters Best Young Adult Book Award, and a 2009 Americas Award Commendation. My second novel, Pig Park (Cinco Puntos, 2014), won the 2015 Texas Institute of Letters Best Young Adult Book and the 2015 NACCS Tejas Foco Young Adult Fiction Award. I also have a forthcoming picture book. I grew up in El Paso, TX, but now live and write in Chicago. In addition to writing, I'm a mom and an English ED MA. I am represented by Adriana Dominguez of Full Circle Literary.cmartinez50@hotmail.comRealistic FictionBilingual KidlitLatino IssuesMexican IssuesDeath
ClemSFF is favorite but everything goeslife experience; academic background (psychology student specializing in developmental psychology), runner of a blog aiming at helping writers create autistic characters, very familiar with the autistic self-advocacy and activist community and related issues, familiar with LGBT-related activism. I have been a sensitivity reader once before.clem.carle@gmail.comAutismNon-binary (cfab)lesbiandepression, social anxiety, dissociationFrance
Conner HabibFilm, Television, Fiction, NonfictionWorld-recognized expert on sex workers, porn performers, and sex & culture. I was a porn performer for 8 years, an escort for 4 years, and the Vice President of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee for two years. I have published dozens of articles on the subject and communities.ConnerHabib@gmail.comSex workers and particularly porn performersLGBT issuesThe Occult
Daniel AlexanderScience fiction, fantasy, LGBT fiction, comicsLife experiencerdanieloliver@openmailbox.orgTrans issues (AFAB nonbinary)Asexuality (aromanticism as well)Autism (especially from late diagnosis perspective)ADHDDepression
Davita FitzgeraldYA, SFF, Memoirs, K-8 LiteratureBA in Psychology, MS in Social PsychologyDavitaFitzgerald@gmail.comSocial PsychologyPsychopathologyPrejudiceWorking Class StudiesWomen's StudiesBlack StudiesTax PreparationLGBT issuesCollege and University MajorsCollege and University Administration
Deanna S.YABook bloggingDeannaschwartz12@gmail.comNon-Orthodox Judaism
Debra Kempallauntiegrizelda@hotmail.comChronic Health Issues/Pain: Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Celiac Disease, Migraine, Endometriosis, Menopause, Depression, PTSD, OCD, hearing impaired, eating disordersDomestic spousal abuseChildhood sexual/physical abuseFamiliar/experience with others' addictions, bipolar disorder, deaf culture
Denise C.YA contemporary, Middle Grade fantasy & Contemporary, YA fantasy, YA sci fi, YA Horror, adult fictionRandom House Children's Books Editorial Intern, English DegreeDconejo138@gmail.comStory arch developmentReal life Latinx experienceFirst generation Queer Dominican/Costa Rican living in HarlemGentrification and its effects on those who have lived in the neighborhood for yearsColorism in the Dominican communityCaribbean and Central America history
Dharma KelleherCrime fiction, YA, literary, women's fictionI am transgender and a lesbian, having come out 25 years ago. I am also a rape survivor and have dealt with PTSD, suicidal depression, and substance abuse.dharma.kelleher@gmail.comtransgender and lesbian issues/representationalcoholismmental illness, PTSD
Dhonielle C.YA, MG, PB, SFFBA in English, MA in Children's Literature, MFA in Writing for Children, former Middle School Librariandhonielle.clayton@gmail.comAfrican American (Black American)Stomach disability (IBS-D, Crohn's)Southern United States
Diane B.AnythingAD Nursing, BA International Studies, MA Creative Writing. Writer and proofreader. Long personal history with depression, complex PTSD, OCD, and dissociative identity disorder. Neurodivergent, with epilepsy, chronic migraine, and surgically corrected Chiari I Malformation. History of non-psychotic hallucinations. Also academic work in and personal experience with BDSM and D/S relationships. Have trained extensively in mindfulness and am a practicing Buddhist.blueheronproofreading@gmail.comGeneral Mental Health/Chronic IllnessDepression/Complex PTSD/DIDEpilepsy, esp. partial seizuresChiari I Malformation/Brain surgeryBDSM, D/S relationshipsUS Foreign PolicyBuddhism/Mindfulness
Diane McRaeAnyLicensed Independent Clinical Social Workerdmcraemsw@hotmail.comObesity (I weigh ~380 lbs)Chronic Illness (multiple including asthma & allergies since infancy, glaucoma, migraine with aura, type II diabetes now on insulin, hypertension, gout, multi-joint osteoarthritis w/joint replacements, etc.Mental Health (in addition to professional background, depression history for self/mother/grandmother/daughters. Daughters with anxiety disorder. Spouse with BiPolar Disorder 1 including psychotic and suicidal ideation.)Mother of twins (born 1988)Mother of sexual minority child (asexual, non-binary gender)Childhood sexual abuse survivor (ages 3-5)Rural life (raised on farm in Central Washington state)
Ditrie SanchezSFF, Mystery, Romance, YAB.A. in piano performance and musical composition, 9 years teaching at a performing arts public high school,MFA Creative Writing, ALLi memberditrie.sanchez@gmail.comPuerto Rican (raised in the states), diaspora, transnational, pale PoC with slave ancestors (duality of looking/sounding "white"; issues with being accepted by Latinx and PoC community)American in Canada, immigrant, expatchronic illness (hidradenitis suppurativa)General anxiety disorderdepression (dysthymia)OCD (mild/"high functioning")bisexualnonbinary/genderfluidfeminist (non-TERF)in an interracial marriage
DMG ByrnesAdult, YA, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Suspense, Thriller, Paranormal, queer/LGBT fiction, Mystery, Literary, and select Horror.Life experience; BS in Psychology with minor in English; Victim Advocate at GSAC-CAC (Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center); Intern/Assistant to an LPC (licensed counselor); Volunteer Active Listener on 7cups of tea (free service where people can login and find support or therapy; extremely diverse in the people looking for help and types of issued dealt with)dmgbyrnes@gmail.comQueer/LGBT- Pansexual, Asexual/Demisexual, Aromantic, Sapiosexual, partially closeted (haven't discussed it with most of my family)Physical Illness/Disability- chronic illness, invisible illness, chronic pain, spoonie, migraines, fibromyalgia, intermittent cane/wheelchair/apparatus use, Lupus, light sensitivity & sun allergy, APS (blood disorder), SVT/heart palpitationsMental Illness/Health- depression, anxiety, PTSD/C-PTSD, suicide/suicide ideation, self- harmTrauma- physical, emotional, verbal & sexual abuse; CSA (child sexual abuse); domestic violence;Ableism & internalized ableismAgeism- looking young when dealing with life events, social interactions, health problems, and disability, has its own difficultiesNeurodivergent(ND)- PTSD/C-PTSD, unofficial asperger’s diagnosis (i.e. psychologist/counselor not specialized in autism believed it likely & suggested referral & testing; unofficial mainly due to financial reasons)Polyamory & dealing with prejudices associated with it (previously practiced and advocate for its practice between consenting adults)Religious intolerance to “Non-Christians” in the South (when previously Pagan/Wiccan)
Dr. Collene Van NoordMobility Issues (Handicapped)I retired as a K-12 public school supt. (understand children and adults); wrote countless professional letters, articles; wrote a research-based spelling program; published my dissertation (Ed. Leadership), focused on literacy (reading/ writing) before a school administrator; write a blog (; am a paraplegic (t-6) due to auto accident.collene.van.noord@gmail.comSee above. (1) I move only through the use of my wheelchair. I understand needs of handicapped through personal experience.(2) I also know people (children and adults/parents & educators) and writing (I was English, Language Arts K-12 specialist) before becoming Superintendent.Needs of handicapped childrenUnderstand sensitivity of people.
EbonyAnyBA Journalism; MS Elementary Education; MFA Creative Writing (Writing for Children); PhD Curriculum and Instruction; Previously published author (Scholastic), editor, and reviewer;;; wewriteinthemargins@gmail.comBlack (african american),Biracial Literacy, Language, and CultureFamilyEducationChristianity
Elizabeth Roderick
YA, A, SFF, Mystery, Magical Realism, Romance, Historical, Literary, Humor
Published author, prolific writer, contest judge, professional writer, freelance editor.
I am a neurodiverse person - I have bipolar and PTSD with psychosis. My partner has schizophrenia
I am a survivor of rape, physical/mental/sexual abuse.
I am a recovering heroin addict and alcoholic.
I have been in prison.
Elle McKinneyPretty much anything so long as it's SFF and any subgenreLife experience. BA in Creative Writing (In progress). Slush reader. Agent reader. Online contest creator and host.critiques at llmckinney dot comBlack (African American) -- Culture, slang, dialect, code-switchingGamer Girl -- The experiences of gaming as a teen and an adult, while being female and black. The struggles and harrassment therein, the communities formed outside of the "main" collective. Geek Culture -- Dealing with a love of comics, anime, cartoons, etc. before it was popular and one was teased and mocked for not "acting black."Tokenism -- Often the only black person in groups of friends, the treatments and observations associated.Body ImageAddiction in the homeVictim of racism and micro aggressions
Ellen KalinAny25 years as an editor and writerellenj530@gmail.comJudaismAging/AgeismDepressionLiving in suburbiaOwning a petBeing an artistHaving self-doubts
Ellen RozekYA and NA contemporary, romance, mystery/thriller, fantasyI've provided professional sensitivity reads for both unpublished and soon-to-be published writers. I've also reviewed for Disability in KidLit.ellenmrozek@gmail.comTourette's SyndromeGeneralized Anxiety Disorder
Emma A.I'm interested in anything with a character who stutters, but literary fiction in particular.copy editor and former book editor; community organizer for stutterersemmajd7@yahoo.comStuttering/stammering; how handle it accurately and in a way that does not stigmatize the disorder.
Erika TurnerYA/MGI'm a reader for a literary agency, and an editor at a social justice nonprofit.erika@magicmultiverses.comBlack/ African american characters (or race, generally)queer/lesbian/bisexual characters (or sexuality generally)characters dealing with anxiety/PTSD (or mental health, generally)
ErinAnything but erotica (sorry!)Author pubbed with PRH. Literary Intern.authorelatimer@gmail.comBisexualCloseted in conservative christian familyGeneral Anxiety Disorder & panic attacksSensorimotor ObsessionLiving w/ parent w/ depressionChildhood verbal abuseSleep Paralysis - Physical & Visual Hallucinations
Erin WatleyEverythingPhD in Intercultural Communication. 6 years experience teaching intercultural interaction and media criticism. Life experiences as a Black woman with a culturally diverse upbringing.erind.watley@gmail.comIntersectional cultural identities (and related conflict) in a US American context. Race, gender, social class, religion, sexualityBlack American culture. Woman. ChristianityFat/Plus-size bodiesBlack "Millennial" generation
Erin XAnything but Erotica.Hobbyist writer, Life ExperienceErrenscrawls@gmail.comAbuse SurvivorLatina (White-Passing)First-generation American
FitriantiAnything (except SF)
Lifetime Experience as a Muslim in South East Asia i.e. Indonesia, diagnose as an Asperger and ADD with physical disabilities. I am working in Government based Hospital and currently sat as Chief of Occupational Health Department.
Muslims life in South East Asia (I am an Indonesian Muslim so I do know about this)
Asperger especially those combine with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)
Lost Of Hearing, Deaf
Asian Mythology & Folklore i.e. South East Asian and East Asian
Medical FieldHorror e.g. djinns and after lifeDepression in teenOstracism
Mining life (My father and my uncles work as Miners, this is also the reason I took Occupational Health as my undergraduate program)
Gabrielle WhaleyLiterary and genre fiction (specifically science fiction/fantasy). I have experience with both adult and YA writing and editing.I am a Johns Hopkins University graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing. I am currently working as a Technical Writer.gjwhaley2@gmail.comWomen/feminismMental illness within a familyAfrican American experiencesGreek lifeYoung professionalSci-fi/FantasyMilitary
Gauri ManglikPicture books, Middle grade, YAFormer corporate lawyergauri@kitaabworld.comSouth Asia/IndiaHinduism/Sikhism religious practicesImmigrant lifePerson of color - being brown/race dynamics
GeorginaAny and allAttended Clarion West in 2012. Life experience. Slush reader. Awards reader.thessilian@gmail.comBritish Indian experience. Race relations in the UK, especially Indian/Desi diaspora.Immigrant culture in the UK.UK far-right anti-immigrant politics. (UKIP, BNP, Britain First).Biracial experience in the UK.
YA (all), mythology/retellings, literary fiction, nonfiction (narrative, memoir, science)
Agented YA author, literary agent
Asian/Asian-American representation. I'm second-generation Chinese-American, and my parents grew up in poverty before coming to the US for grad school. I go back to China every few years to visit family there.
Women in STEM. Studied biology at Duke, conducted both wet-lab and dry-lab research (two first-author papers). Teaching assistant for computer science and engineering courses.
Other things I can keep my eye out for: science/tech plausibility (biology major, medical track), higher education/college admissions (Duke grad, studied at Oxford and King's College London, was accepted to Harvard and Yale).
Hale DodgesAll genres and age ranges, but a special interest in fantasy and fiction that engages with issues of race, class, gender, and sexualityCurrent undergrate Creative Writing major and Women's and Gender Studies minor, going for an MFA in Fiction post-undergradhdodges@ithaca.eduNonbinary/trans experience and identityLesbian experienceADHD (esp. as part of a group that goes chronically underdiagnosed/late-diagnosed)Life in conservative/small towns
HannahYA, MG, adult with protagonists under 30
MA children's literature, MS library and information science, BA creative writing, working towards PhD in children's literature
hannah@shgmclicious.combiracial (black/white)Transracial adoptionJewish (reform, secular)
Chicana identity & Spanglish poetics/grammar
bipolar disorder, OCD, anxiety
Hannah Givens
SFF, comics, YA, childrens & middle grade, nonfiction, romance & erotica, most other genres
Work in public libraries for six years (understand genres and readerships), history grad student (experience with research, writing, critiquing, and some queer theory), and life experience.hannahgivens@outlook.comBi+/pansexual/queer issuesAsexuality Asperger's (mild, not diagnosed as a child)Anxiety
American Deep South (Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi)
Agnostic/Ex-ChristianBeing homeschooled in a religious context
Academia and grad school (history/public history profession)
HeatherFiction, nonfiction, mediaLife experiences in: multicultural dating and marriage, trilingual, expat living, Jewish and Muslim experiences, biracial child. I am a researcher in environmental and sustainability issues.davidson.heather@gmail.comBi-cultural relationshipsClimate changeEnvironmentMultilingual mindsetJewish-Muslim relationshipsSustainability
Heather LittlePrimarily YA/children's fiction, but open to other.Major in English w/ minor in Communications (<1 year left of degree)heather.l.little@wmich.eduDepression/AnxietyTeen SuicideGender & Sexuality IssuesChild AbuseAutism SpectrumLow-income
Helen KirkbyYA, Horror, Sci Fi, Fantasy, Romance, Contemporary FictionWriter at Gotham Ghostwritershelennhieu@gmail.comChinese cultureVietnamese cultureLGBTQIATaiwanese cultureWiccaNew Age spiritualityMillennial generationLiving in poverty, section 8
Hridi D.YA to start. possibly sci fi toopublished poet, author of articles, self-published magazine creatorhridi_das@hotmail.comwomen (possibly non binary demi girl)race (Bangladeshi), desi culturescoliosis (invisible illness/ chronic illness)mental illness (PTSD, social anxiety, depression)abusesuicidal thought and ideationreligion (Hinduism)immigrant
Idris Grey
YA, NA, SFF, LGBTQ+ Fiction, Middle Grade, Historical Fiction, Mystery/Thriller
I'm a black queer woman living that black queer experience. I have degrees in Anthropology and Public Health (for what that's worth). I'm also a freelance writer and copy editor/proofreader. I'm also a voracious autodidact--I teach myself many more things than I will ever get a degree for.
greyidris@gmail.comMy experience as a black person in America
My experience as a cis woman in America
Academia (from a minority perspective) and general purpose research
Intersectional feminism
Anthrpology at the theoretical level (cultural & bio/phys)
Public Health at a theoretical and practical level (emphasis on community health and chronic & communicable disease)
Pop culture (inc. social media, television (plus Netflix), film, books, and celebrity gossip)
U.S. Politics (have experience as an election volunteer and online media critic)
Music (wide-ranging tastes)
Food and food culture (an avid cook, baker, foodie, and Food Network/Cooking Channel aficionada)
Ieasha Ramsay LMSWYA, self- help, romance, mystery/thrillerLicensed Master of Social Workieashatiffany@gmail.comMental Health, trauma - research and accuracyMaximizing general readability and accessibility for a diverse audiencesAdolescent and teenage development - research and accuracyIdentity in marginalized communities - accuracy, relevance and research
Iori KusanoSFF, YA, Historical Fiction
SFF writer, Japanese/Chinese American grad student in Classical Japanese Literature, personal experience
ioriksn@gmail.comJapanese literature
Japanese American experiences and culture
Chinese American experiences and culturePost-traumatic stress disorderBisexualityShintoAsian American returnees to AsiaCrossdressing
YA, historical fiction, memoir/nonfiction, horror, just about any form of REALISTIC fiction
Professional translator (work has included two full novels, among other things), freelance editor, major interest in literature. Future: B.A. in English with a concentration in literature.isabelleknudsen@gmail.comLesbian/queer/gayWomen
Mental illness: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD
Dating another woman who is latina, has Native American ethnicity and alcoholic parents. I have experienced living with her and understand her situation, but this is only from my point of view and not hers
BullyingEuropean (bilingual, multicultural)Porn addiction (from woman's point of view)
Living internationally, constantly moving
Ivanildo da Costa TrindadeGender and minority issues, refugees, evangelicalism, femenism, poverty, cross cultural studiesI am a linguist, fluent in several languages, a masters in theology, editor of periodicals and journals in Portuguese, storyteller and writer, public, motivational speaker, expert in setting up platforms for minorities to connect for the purpose of fundraising and development, voracious reader of all kinds of literature from differnt culturesivanildoctrindade@gmail.comDesigner and teacher of workshops for minorities living/studying/working in the U.S., cross-cultural communication facilitator, interpreter (including simultaneous, medical, tourism), leader of cross-cultural trips to Asia, Africa and Latin America, translator of theological books and articles to Portuguese and Spanish, volunteer teacher of English to speakers of other languages, facilitator and trainer for U.S. companies hiring employees from overseas, cultural advisor in muti-cultural marriages
Jacqueline Koyanagi
All speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror), contemporary, literary. Adult or young adult.
Fiction writer short listed for the James Tiptree Jr. Award. Published novelist and short fiction writer. BA in cultural anthropology and religion. Life experiences.
Polyamory (I have been actively, openly polyamorous for six years.)
Queer romantic orientation (romantically attracted to multiple genders)
Chronic illness / chronic pain (fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome, suffered for over two decades)
Autism spectrum disorder (diagnosed with Asperger's)
Adult ADDSkepticism/atheism as worldviewMixed-race Japanese-AmericanChildless by choice
Jada JonesYA, Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction,Masters Degree in Library Science, Long-time bloggerjadaljones@gmail.comAfrican American history and cultureLGBTQ issuesLatinX culture
Jalyn ElyAnything (fantasy is a personal favorite)Book reviewer for ~4 years, professional editor for 3 yearsjalyncely@gmail.comLGBT (esp. bisexual, asexual, and agender/nonbinary genders)Mental illness (esp. Borderline Personality Disorder, depression, anxiety, and PTSD)Trauma/trauma victims (esp. emotional/mental/sexual abuse and sexual assault/rape)
Ja-Nae Epps
YA, African American, albinism, Southern, young professional, religious
BA in English and MA in Strategic Communicationjanaemepps@gmail.comAfrican AmericanalbinismSouthernyoung professionalsingle women
religious (specifically African American Baptist)
Small townsingle mother
Janani VaidyaAdult/YA: Literary fiction, contemporary fiction, magical realism, romance, erotica, urban fantasy, science fictionBehavior Analyst, book bloggertheshrinkette@gmail.comSouth Asia, South Asian/diasporic characters, specifically India and Indian/diasporic charactersIndian history, politics, culture, and social issues.Languages: Tamil (spoken and written), Hindi (spoken and written), Sanskrit (written). Including multilingualism and code-switching with English.Immigrant and expatriate experiences (any generation).Mental illness, specifically depression and anxiety, neurodiversity/disability from a caregiver/professional POV.Chronic pain and chronic illness (specifically PCOS).Fat characters and fat positivity.LGBTQIA+ representation, specifically gray/sapio/demi-ace, bi/pan/gray-aro, sexually fluid and genderfluid characters. Including characters that are still in the closet/not fully out/out to very specific audiences.Characters with complex relationships with parents and siblings.Hindu practices, traditions, festivals, mythology, etc. Generally Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and other religions as practiced in India.
JaneMG, YAI am a licensed nurse and have worked as a doula.likethethree@gmail.comLiving with chronic illness, autoimmune disease, and disability. POTS, Hashimotos Hypothyroid, Hyperemesis, Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria, Angioedema, dysautonomia.Emotional and sexual abuse in late teens by a cis white male in his 30s. Experience in dealing with and coping with repercussions as an adult.
JazminFiction, Non-fiction, YA, Romance, Sci-fi, Fantasty, PoetryI am pursing a BA in Women's Studies and Political Science. First-generation college student, queer, cis woman of color. Life experience as a brown-bodied person, sexual assault survivor, poor households. Experience in presenting, facilitating dialogue of critical race theory, (post) colonialism, decolonization, feminist theory.jayzskye@gmail.comRace/Colorism (LatinX communities)Queer/QLGBT PoCMental illness: Depression, AnxietyRape/Sexual assaultLow-income households
Jen WildeAll YA/NA.YA writer. jenmariewilde@live.comAutism/AspergersBisexualityGenderfluid/Non-binary Anxiety/Panic attacksMigraines
Jenn BaileyPicture Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult, SFF, HumorMFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults; Reader for Acquiring Agents; Published Authorjenn.c.bailey@gmail.comAutism and AspergersAnxiety disordersDepression
Jenn PolishYA, Fantasy, SFF, Middle Grade, Comics, most fiction featuring characters with mental dis/abilities and/or LGBTQ+ characters, especially trans/nb charactersI wrote my MA thesis on trauma and dis/ability in The Hunger Games and I'm currently finishing my dissertation on mental health in college writing classrooms. My queer YA fantasy novel is set for release in April 2018. All listed areas of expertise come from life experience.jpolish13@gmail.comcharacters who are nonbinary/genderqueercharacters who are trans-masculinecharacters who experience BPD, depression, anxietycharacters who are queer/lesbian/bisexual
Jenna FAll, especially YALife experience (I am deaf), M.Ed Deaf Education jfbeacom@earthlink.netDeafnessASL (American Sign Language)Disability
Jennifer HallmanYA, Deaf LitWriting Tutorhaggarstar@gmail.comGraduate Student
Jeremy BlausteinHistorical Fiction, Fiction, History, Society, SFF, Fantasy25 years game script writingjblaustein@gmail.comJapanGamesHistory of JapanJapanese modern cultureJapanese languageMythologyAnimeBi-racial Asia
Jesselynn SutantoYA, MG, Adult, all genres except Historical Fiction, Hard SF, Erotica.Masters in Creative Writing from Oxford University, B.A. in English Lit from Berkeley.jqsutanto@gmail.comI am of Chinese descent. I speak Mandarin and Chinese New Year is the biggest celebration of the year for my family. I know about growing up in an ethnically Chinese family.My grandparents immigrated from China to Indonesia, so I'm a 3rd generation Chinese-Indonesian. I spent the first 8 years of my life in Indonesia. I speak Indonesian (but with the limitations of an 8-y-o). I now live in Indonesia. I know enough about Indonesian culture to feel comfortable acting as a sensitivity reader about the culture, BUT I have to specify that I am not a Native Indonesian. I don't know enough about Islam as a religion, though I know of some of its practices, so I'm quite limited there.I spent 8 years in Singapore. I speak Singlish. I know all of the Singaporean foods. I know Singaporean history because that was what I learned in school (I actually know more history about Singapore than Indonesia). I know the places and the subway (called the MRT) system.I lived for 6 years in California. 3 yrs each in SoCal and NorCal.Lived for 5 years in Oxford, England. My husband is English and lived in Oxford for 15 years. I know enough about English slang to do a read for that, but I don't know enough about English history and culture to do much more than that.Years ago, I struggled with depression and SI. Though I am doing quite well in terms of that and have not thought about harming myself for years now, I can still remember what it was like to be in that state. I feel comfortable doing a read for books that tackle the subject of depression and SI.
Jessica BaylissAny book that includes mental health diagnoses (any age, any genre)I have a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. I have 15 years experience in psychodiagnosis (based on the DSM) and in psychotherapy.Jessicabaylisswrites@gmail.comMood disorders (depression/bipolar/dysthymia/adjustment disorders)Anxiety disorders (GAD, OCD, PTSD, Panic, Phobias, Somatic/health-related anxiety)Addiction (substances of all kinds, gambling disorders, sex addiction)Eating disorders (anorexia, bulemia, binge-eating disorder, emotional eating, food addiction)Psychotic disorders (schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders; psychosis as it presents in mood disorders and PTSD)BereavementTic Disorders and Obsessive Compulsive disorders of all kinds (e.g., OCD, trichotillomania, etc.)Military VeteransEmotional responses to chronic health conditions (e.g., MS, Parkinsons, Cancer, terminal illness)Inpatient psychiatric care; outpatient psychotherapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral therapies like exposure, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Processing Therapy, EMDR