Get to know me.
My name is Sam Manzella. I’m a Brooklyn-based freelance writer and editor.
I currently work as an Associate Editor at Viacom’s LGBTQ brand, Logo, where I assist senior editors with video production and long-term multimedia projects; edit reporting on LGBTQ news and culture from freelancers; and write LGBTQ-interest cultural criticism, lifestyle coverage, and arts and entertainment coverage. I also write a monthly column for NewNowNext called “If You Can’t Teach Yourself,” in which I attempt to fill the gaps in my education of LGBTQ history and culture.
I studied Journalism and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at SUNY New Paltz, where I was honored as an Outstanding Graduate in May 2018 and recognized for my excellence in creative writing and memoir in May 2017. I presented the findings of my senior thesis, “After the Tipping Point: Investigating Visuals of Transgender People in Magazine Media,” at the November 2018 National Communication Association conference. I also interned with the prestigious American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) in the summer of 2017. My original reporting, op-eds, and first-person essays have appeared in print or online at Vice, Healthline, Yahoo Lifestyle, The Riveter, Hudson Valley Magazine, and more. When I’m not writing, reading, or chugging iced coffee, I can usually be found exploring Brooklyn or getting tattooed.
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