The Bulletin Brown Bag: A Discussion with Sensitivity Readers

Join us for a discussion with sensitivity readers about this essential practice in creating inclusive publishing and reviewing worlds with authentic and informed perspectives.

Isabelle Felix is a psychology research and therapy assistant turned editor, sensitivity reader, and writing coach. The passion to reach out and understand another person’s perspective has led her to work with Big Four Publishers, NY Times and USA Today best sellers, Big Apple Film Festival screenwriting finalists, International Leaders of Scenario Planning consulting firms, and writers who are still getting used to putting themselves and their stories out there. So, whichever stage the writer is at, Isabelle is always thrilled to meet them there.

Jessie Maimone is a second-year PhD student at the iSchool with research interests in the experiences of racialized teens in public library spaces and the ways we teach future librarians. She earned her MSLIS at UIUC and a M.S. in Book Publishing from Pace University. She has provided sensitivity readings for Haper Collins, the Center for Disease Control, Penguin Random House, and Simon and Schuster.

Adriana M. Martínez Figueroa (they/she) is a bisexual Puerto Rican writer, editor, and sensitivity reader. They hold a B.A. from Iowa State University in Women and Gender Studies with a minor in US Latinx Studies. They’ve been an author’s assistant and editorial intern at Entangled Publishing. Adriana co-hosts a romance book podcast called “Mapping the Tropes.” Their words can be found on their blog (Boricua Reads), Bustle,, and Boricua en la Luna (2019) and "Até Mais: Until More, an anthology of Latinx Futurisms" (forthcoming). They live in Vega Baja with their family and three beautiful cats.

Questions? Contact Kate Quealy.

This event is sponsored by The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and The Center for Children's Books