I’m Taneasha — a writer, editor, and sensitivity reader.
Focusing on the written word has been my bread and butter for almost a decade.
I’m passionate about social justice and creating space for my community and helping others live their values through their communications. I do this through writing, editing, and consulting work.
And, one of my favorite ways is through sensitivity reading.
What is sensitivity reading?
Sensitivity reading is the process of analyzing written work through the lens of a particular identity or with societal inequities in mind.
The role of a sensitivity reader is to provide an extra layer of eyes to your work to ensure that it is as respectful and conscious as possible, aiding in the overall goal of your words being as culturally humble as possible.
Generally, you would request a reader with experience in the field or from the community that you have written about. A combination of my lived experience, published bylines, and communications work has led me to work with varied clients, including nonprofit communications departments, novelists, nonfiction authors, and major media corporations.
What a few recent clients have said:
“Taneasha is a consummate professional and a pleasure to work with. She is a skilled communicator and an indispensable guide in a fast-changing world.”
— Executive Director of Schaefer Marketing Solutions and author of Cumulative Advantage
“Taneasha worked with us as the sensitivity reader for a corporate report with global visibility. Her insightful feedback and keen attention to detail helped us avoid potential pitfalls, and her ability to look at tricky choices in the context of a corporate voice made her a valuable partner in improving the language and content of our report. Working with her not only made the project more successful, but also deepened my own understanding of equity and inclusion issues.”
— Data Journalist, previously with Social Signal
I absolutely love and appreciate how you opened my eyes to my writing style and how some phrases and words were not inclusive of everyone. I learned so much from you — even in our short time working together. (The best part was) teaching me (a white, straight woman) how my privilege shows, even if I think I’m doing a good job of suppressing it.
— Owner of B Squared Media and author of Conversations That Connect
Do you want to make sure your nonfiction book is edited with cultural humility? Or maybe you’re looking for an extra set of eyes on your company’s DEI report? Connect with me today!