I have recently come to the realization that even though I have made personal, intentional standards for myself regarding Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, sometimes those standards need to be clearly vocalized for accountability and to set an example since I have a loud voice in the intimate literary community of horror fiction.
I, Sadie Hartmann, “Mother Horror” am committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in my reading/reviewing, business practices, and in my roles as a publicist for other companies. I will use my privilege and influence to amplify the voices of marginalized communities.
Equity- I take a posture of listening to and learning about the ways systemic oppression of marginalized voices has caused underrepresentation in the genre of horror fiction. I actively look for ways I can support anti-racist efforts. I fight against exclusion by being inclusive to any and all disadvantaged groups as much as I can. This will always be a work-in-progress. I am constantly being challenged by mindful, loving members of the community, to grow and mature in this area. I have great mentors I turn to who help keep me on this path.
Diversity- The “D” is my favorite part of this mission statement because it celebrates the ways we are different while embracing the ways we are the same. It’s tempting to define diversity by external differences we see with our eyes but it’s equally important to recognize that we are internally and invisibly different as well. That’s why getting to know my community through meaningful relationships is an important value to me that I strive to maintain. People reveal more about themselves in situations where there is trust and support. I take my relationships very seriously and work hard to build a diverse network of creatives in order to present a whole picture of what the horror genre represents to readers and people in my sphere of influence.
I do not advertise or exploit an individual’s inner diversity (sexual orientation, gender, neurodiversity, etc.). People can assume I am intentional about amplifying voices that normalize inclusion without making it the reason or the cause for celebration (only during their “months”)
Inclusion- the environment providing the opportunity for inclusion in the form of reading, reviewing, curating packages for the business I co-own, author events, speaking engagements, panels, book lists, articles, etc., and making sure all individuals are valued for their unique insight & perspectives. It’s my goal that all people can recognize/see themselves reflected in the horror fiction community.
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