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Tojo Andrianarivo is a Malagasy-American photographer based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in portraits, live music and event photography. When he’s not snapping pictures, he enjoys traveling, spontaneous adventures, biking, and trying out new restaurants.
“My favorite thing about Portland is the expectation of work-life balance and the diversity of options available to realize it.”
Tiara Darnell is a creative strategist, writer, and video and audio producer based in Buffalo, New York, and Portland. Tiara’s freelance writing encompasses cannabis, travel, food and more with an emphasis on diverse perspectives. Her work has appeared in Travel Portland, Broccoli Magazine, Travel Oregon, Willamette Week and elsewhere. Tiara enjoys podcasts, spending time by water, fresh flowers on her table and white tea.
Catalina Gaitán is a queer Latinx writer and editor from Portland, Oregon. Catalina has written for Willamette Week, Portland Monthly, Harvard University and The Boston Globe and was Travel Portland’s Content Editor from 2015 to 2020.
Catherine Ryan Gregory
“My favorite thing about Portland is that we don’t take ourselves too seriously.”
Catherine Gregory is a freelance writer and the author behind TenThousandHourMama.com. She has lived around the world, including in New York and Singapore, but is happiest living in Oregon with her two daughters.
“My favorite things about Portland are the punks, the nerds and the sheer volume of coffee shops that let me post up for hours writing and drawing silly stories.”
Jim Kettner is a coffee shop cartoonist, writer, illustrator and podcaster (Adult Crash, Galaktacus). His work has been featured in SF Weekly, Razorcake, Driftwood Magazine and As You Were: A Punk Comix Anthology. His graphic memoir collaboration with writer Lacy Davis, Ink in Water, was published in 2017.
Amy Lam is a writer and editor based in Portland. She is a contributing editor and cohost of Backtalk podcast at Bitch Media, the editorial assistant at diaCRITICS, and the former editorial lead at On She Goes, exploring the world of women of color and travel.
“My favorite thing about Portland is that it’s a city that can still feel like a small town, if you know where to look.”
Emma Mannheimer is a Seattle-born, Portland-based writer and editor. She is frequently spotted hanging out at dog parks, biking to Expatriate for a drink or paging through art books at the library (but is most likely at home making pizza).
“My favorite thing about Portland is visiting the many vintage stores and buying plaid pants.”
Joseph Manuel was raised on the West Coast and has spent the majority of his life in Oregon. He enjoys black coffee, chess, basketball, samurai films, reading and shopping.
Zelos Marchandt is a multimedia creative living in Portland. They are the Evening News and Public Affairs Director for Portland’s KBOO 90.7 FM station and co-host of the “QTPOC Talk” show. Their mixed media projects have appeared in publications including PQ Monthly, Willamette Week, NW Kids Magazine and more.
“My favorite thing about Portland is the friendliness of people. It’s so easy to strike up conversations with strangers; there’s an openness that you don’t find in other cities.”
Karen Martwick, Travel Portland’s director of content strategy, has lived in Portland since 1993. She has a Bachelors in English from Portland State University, served for four years on the board of the American Copy Editors Society, and is an avid karaoke singer and novice skier.
“My favorite thing about Portland is the food. The fresh, local ingredients are hard to beat, and there are actually too many excellent restaurants to eat at.”
Jenni is an Alaska-born, Oregon-raised writer living in Portland. In addition to being the copy chief at the Portland Mercury, Jenni enjoys playing volleyball, photography, yoga, travel, live music, vegan cupcakes and dogs.
Celeste Noche is a food, travel and portrait photographer based between Portland and San Francisco. Her work has appeared in Portland Monthly, San Francisco Chronicle and The New York Times. She loves reading, eating dumplings and watching reruns of “The Office.”
“My favorite thing about Portland is the extraordinary window of time when the leaves turn orange in fall and summertime isn’t missed (yet).”
Emilly Prado is a writer, award-winning journalist and consultant living in Portland. Her work appears in more than two dozen publications, including Marie Claire, NPR, Eater, The Oregonian, Bitch Media and more. She is the author of youth nonfiction title Examining Assimilation (Enslow, 2019). When not writing, she makes zines, travels as much as possible, and DJs as Mami Miami with Noche Libre, the Latinx DJ collective she co-founded in 2017. See more work at www.emillyprado.com or via social media @emillygprado.
“Portland creates the best kind of choice paralysis — do I want to take a dance lesson or shoot archery? Rock climb or aerial yoga? Paddle board or hike? Attend trivia night or watch improv comedy? The options are delightfully endless.”
Maya Seaman is a SoCal-born writer who traded palm trees for pines when she moved to Portland in 2010. A self-proclaimed hobby collector, Maya fully exploits Portland’s diverse range of readily available activities.
“My favorite thing about Portland is its creative spirit.”
Courtney Tait is a writer from Victoria, B.C., who lives in Portland. She enjoys forest hikes, thrift shopping, cuddling with her cats (and husband), volunteering, jazz music and digging into the latest read for her feminist book club.
Benjamin Tepler is Portland Monthly magazine’s associate editor, and his writing has appeared in publications including Food & Wine and Sunset. To counter-balance his high-caloric diet, Benjamin spends his free time running, hiking and climbing up Oregon’s various peaks.
“My favorite thing about Portland is the proximity to the outdoors. Okay — and Powell's.”
Katie Vaughan is a writer and marketing coordinator living in Portland. She enjoys consuming carbs, reading any book she can get her hands on, hiking in the woods and binging British detective television shows.
Janey Wong is an East Portland native who works as a freelance writer and social media manager. Her writing work ranges from copywriting to essays on food, culture and identity. Beyond her professional projects, she runs a food Instagram (@foodbbpdx) that has been featured on Eater Portland and Yelp PDX, sells vintage clothing online and is an avid traveler.
“My favorite thing about Portland is how many trans people live here. ”
Tuck Woodstock has been writing and editing content for Travel Portland since 2014. Tuck is also a gender & equity educator, as well as the creator of the podcast Gender Reveal.
“My favorite thing about Portland is the art community that's super open to sharing resources and collaboration. And of course, really good food in restaurants as well as food carts. My favorite on top of my head is Nong's Khao Man Gai!”
Subin Yang is an illustrator currently based in NY. Using colorful blocky shapes and loose line work, she makes illustrations inspired by themes of home, culture and identity. When not drawing, she’s probably eating butter chicken or tuna kimbap somewhere.