My name is Samantha L. Manzella.
I’m a freelance writer, journalist, and editor. I live in the scenic Hudson Valley with my partner and our 19-year-old beastie of a cat. I’m passionate about LGBT issues, feminism and body positivity, ethical living, and music and art. I believe in the power of well-reported, genuinely-told stories, and I’m determined to contribute to a more progressive, intersectional media landscape.
I’m currently wrapping up my studies at SUNY New Paltz in Ulster County, New York, where I study journalism and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. I maintain a competitive GPA and participate in my college’s selective Honors Program. In addition to my studies, I work as a part-time, virtual Editorial Assistant at NewNowNext, Logo TV’s LGBT-interest online magazine. I also work as a freelance contributor to magazines in the area, including VISITvortex and Hudson Valley Magazine. I volunteer my writing and reporting skills to the region’s wonderful LGBTQ Community Center as a contributor to their website.