About Us

The Manual is simple — we show men how to live a life that is more engaged. Whether it be fashion, food, drink, travel, grooming, or the outdoors, we bring authenticity and understanding to it all. As our name, The Manual, implies, we offer a suite of expert guides on a wide range of topics, from how to tie a bow-tie to how to cook a steak.

Founded in 2012 in Portland, Oregon, by our parent site, Digital Trends, we pride ourselves on sharing genuinely interesting and informative experiences from a national perspective. We have a team of seasoned writers based around the country, including Los Angeles, New York City, Portland, and the East Coast, who test the gear, shake the cocktails, cook the food, and meet with the brands we cover

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Editorial Team

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NICOLE RANEY
Managing Editor

Nicole Raney is a Texas native, writer, photographer, and the Managing Editor of The Manual (a job that’s kind of like being in the air traffic control tower, but with more words, a lot less pressure, and likely just as many Airplane! references). You can also hear her on The Manual Podcast, a weekly series that interviews experts and artisans about their passions.

She came to Portland, Oregon, via Austin, where she was an editor at CultureMap, a network online publications crafting unique lifestyle content for locals. Prior to that, she worked for Emmis Communications and served as a digital content producer for two popular morning shows, Dudley and Bob with Matt on 93.7 KLBJ and Jason and Deb on 101X, as well as the company’s other radio stations. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, which allowed her to intern at the ever-growing SXSW. When Nicole isn’t playing with words and images, she is eating ridiculous amounts of tacos and spending time outside. View profile.

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SAM SLAUGHTER
Food and Drink Editor

Sam Slaughter is the Food and Drink Editor for The Manual. Born and raised in New Jersey, he’s called the South home for the better part of the last decade. His bachelor’s and master’s degrees are both in English Literature and he is the author of two collections of short fiction, as well as the forthcoming cocktail book Grown Up Drinks (Andrews McMeel 2019). His literary fiction and nonfiction work have appeared in over 40 publications while his food and spirits writing has been featured in the likes of Maxim, Bloomberg, The Bitter Southerner, InsideHook, Supercall, Thirsty, Southern Kitchen, Chilled, and more.

Sam is Wine and Spirits Education Trust Certified in Spirits (awarded with high honors) and an honest-to-goodness Kentucky Colonel. He has been the judge of four national cocktail competitions, served on the World’s Best Bars 2017 voting panel, and had a cocktail he created featured at the Lincoln Center Theatre for the 2016 season. Sam gets around, having visited over 500 breweries, wineries, and distilleries on four continents.

Sam is one of the cast members of The Manual Podcast, a weekly series that has interviewed a numerous high-profile industry people, including chef Hugh Acheson, chef Angie Mar, Reverend Nat West (Rev Nat’s Hard Cider), chef Anthony DiBernardo, author of Rosé All Day Katherine Cole, and Old Forester Bourbon master taster Jackie Zykan, among others. He’s been featured on Oregon Public Radio’s The Four Top, We Like Drinking, Drinking Dirty in Jersey, The Whiskycast, The Writer’s Bone, The Saftacast, The Yemassee Podcast, Trends With Benefits, YEAH That Soccer Podcast, Citizen Lit, The Drunken Odyssey, and This Podcast Will Save Your Life. He’s also appeared on Cheddar and the online series, Drinking While Interviewing, in addition to The Manual’s own video and Facebook Live content. View profile.

Christian Gollayan

CHRISTIAN GOLLAYAN
Style and Grooming Editor

As The Manual’s Style and Grooming Editor, Christian Gollayan is passionate about helping men feel confident through fashion and personal care. Born in Manila and raised in Chicago, his first brush with fashion began as a freelance accessories assistant at Vogue.

Christian relocated to Portland by way of Hong Kong, where he was a Society Editor at Hong Kong Tatler, covering the city’s most influential people. Before that, he was a Features Reporter and Producer at the New York Post. Christian has a graduate degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism, and his work has also been featured in InStyle, Food & Wine, and Page Six. When he’s not at the office, Christian is probably poring over menswear sales online, training for half-marathons, or hosting dinner parties. View profile.

Content and Media Production

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GENEVIEVE POBLANO
Content Manager

Born and raised in California, Genevieve Poblano is a Los Angeles native that has always been in tune with the creative forces that surround her. Staying true to her West Coast roots, she now lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is the Content Manager at The Manual and our Spanish-speaking brother site Digital Trends en Español. With a B.A. in Cinema and Television Arts from California State University, Northridge, she has an undying passion for film and media.

You can find her at a local concert, watching a cult film, chowing down at a vegan festival, or at the airport waiting for her connecting flight on her way to her next adventure. Genevieve will always be taking photographs wherever you find her.

Greg Nibler

GREG NIBLER
Podcast Host

Greg Nibler is the ever-affable host The Manual Podcast. Each week, our editors and guests get together for a round-table discussion on what’s new, exciting, and unique in the men’s lifestyle world.

Greg has worked as a host, producer, and writer in radio and television since the early 2000s. You can find such companies as CBS Radio, Alpha Broadcasting, the Portland Trail Blazers, Funemployment Radio (his very successful podcast!), and our brother site, Digital Trends, on his resume. Greg is also the co-founder of the Portland Podcast Festival. He feels we live in a wonderful age of technology, as it’s theoretically possible his childhood dream of owning a hoverboard, flying car, and a holodeck could actually come true.

Contributors

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Amanda Gabriele

Amanda Gabriele is a food and travel writer at The Manual and the former senior editor at Supercall. She can’t live without the three Bs — bourbon, barbecue, and beards — and loves to cook in platforms. Amanda resides in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, with her collection of vintage furs, but you can find her 24/7 on Twitter. View profile.

Andy Cochrane

Andy Cochrane

Andy is a freelance writer, producer, and photographer living nomadically with his dog Bea in his Tacoma. He spends his free time roaming the west looking for good ramen and remote trails to run. View profile.

Beau Hayhoe

Beau Hayhoe is a fashion PR pro and freelance style writer based in Brooklyn. Beau’s menswear writing work has appeared on a number of prominent independent men’s style sites, including Dappered, Effortless Gent, Genteel Flair, and VOUCH Mag. He also contributes to GearMoose and GearHungry. Outside of working hours, Beau enjoys craft beer and live music.  View profile.

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Ben Hitch

Ben Hitch, well, he’s the first of his name and one hell of a character. You can find him exploring the streets of San Diego looking for menus that offer up a big ole ice coffee or something that most wouldn’t try.. Formerly, you may have seen him parading around into two different plaids, but with age and help from a select few, he has learned and come to appreciate dressing to the finer things in life. And if you ever have the pleasure, be warned, he packs some serious sass. View profile.

Brandy St. John

Brandy St. John

Brandy St. John is a celebrity stylist, musician, and writer from Los Angeles. She’s best known for styling rock musicians like Jack White, Karen O, Green Day, and Beck. She designed an Oscars gown for Karen O that was voted “10 Best Dressed” by Vogue and designed pearly suits for The White Stripes that were displayed in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Brandy also plays guitar and piano and records goth folk songs under the name The Long Wives. She’s recorded with Grammy-winning band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and was featured on The Motel Life movie soundtrack along with some of her favorite musicians, like Townes Van Zandt and Bob Dylan. In 2019, she received an MFA in Creative Writing from Oregon State University. She is currently writing her debut novel and had her first poem published in 2020 by Ghost City Press. View profile.

Bryan Holt

Bryan Holt

Bryan Holt is a writer, editor, designer, and multimedia storyteller based in Portland, Oregon. He is a graduate from the School of Journalism and Communications at the University of Oregon. He enjoys sitting with a cup of cold-brewed coffee and a notepad while watching the world pass by, dabbling in music production from time to time, and reading short stories. View profile.

Chelsea Batten

Chelsea Batten

Chelsea Batten is a writer, photographer, and Kerouac groupie. One of the original digital nomads, she was seduced from life on the road by the wild beauty of Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. She covers diverse topics for The Manual related to travel, gear reviews, and odd cultural sidetracks. She’s currently building a yurt on the shore of Lake Superior. View profile.

Clay Abney

Clay Abney

Clay Abney is a PR guru and freelance writer living in the wild and wonderful state of West Virginia, where he spends his days trail running, mountain biking, hiking, and working when the mood strikes. At 48 (the new 28), he still competes in multi-day adventure races, loves abusing gear, and traveling to remote off the grid locations around the globe. View profile.

Cody Gohl

Cody Gohl

Cody Gohl is a Brooklyn-based writer who enjoys covering a wide range of topics, including travel, fashion, literature, LGBT rights, pop culture, and anything that has to do with his home state of Texas. View profile.

David Duran

David Duran

David Duran is an award-winning travel writer who has visited all seven continents and more than 70 countries. His writing interests include luxury, as well as adventure travel, culinary, hospitality, and everything and anything to do with airlines. He’s been published in more than 30 major outlets. When not travel writing or planning his next trip, he can be found speaking and presenting about travel at conferences, symposiums, and gatherings around the world. View profile.

Eric Shorey

Eric Shorey

Eric Shorey is a freelance pop culture blogger whose work has appeared in Nylon, Vice, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and MTV. He received his MA in Liberal Studies from The New School for Social Research in 2010. As DJ Accident Report, he’s been a figure in Brooklyn’s underground goth, punk, and LGBTQ+ nightlife scenes for over a decade. The Nobodies, an avant-garde performance art troupe of which he is a founding member, began garnering a viral cult following in 2017 with their YouTube series Nobodies Watching Wrestling. View profile.

J Fergus

J. Fergus

J. loves writing about the vices of life — decadent food, strong drinks, potent cannabis, and increasingly invasive incredible technology — as well as culture and relationships. You might have seen their name in Foodbeast, Tastemade, Chowhound, and The Spruce Eats. They use they and she pronouns, but they’re always Mx. Fergus. View profile.

Jahla Seppanen

Jahla Seppanen

Born and raised off-the-grid in New Mexico, Jahla Seppanen is currently a sports, fitness, spirits, and culture writer in Denver, Colorado, who watches WWE, 007, and baseball in her spare time. Her writing has appeared in Maxim, SHAPE, Strong Fitness Magazine, Dwell, and InsideHook, along with international literary fiction reviews. Her vices include long runs and tequila with mango juice. View profile.

Jacob Kienlen

Jacob Kienlen

Jacob Kienlan is the SEO Strategist at The Manual and our brother site, Digital Trends. With years of writing, social media, and marketing experience, he has a keen eye for all of the workings of the internet. View profile.

Joel Patel

Joel Patel

Joel Patel is a Northern Virginia native that fell in love with cars at a young age when he began helping his dad fix them. Watching Top Gear reruns and asking the question “They’re getting paid to do this?” led Joel to a degree in journalism. His work has been featured on Autoweek, Digital Trends, Autoblog, CarsDirect, U.S. News & World Report, and Right Foot Down. Outside of cars, Joel enjoys finding restaurants off the beaten path, trying new bourbons, and taking his pit bull on an adventure. You can find more of his work on his website, Man, Adventure, Wheels. View profile.

John Jones

John Jones

John Jones is a Jersey City-based writer who enjoys covering design in all its forms, from fashion to architecture, interiors, and textiles. When he’s not herding cats with his husband, he’s training for his next Tough Mudder or hanging out in St. Augustine, Florida, the nation’s oldest city. View profile.
Jonah Flicker

Jonah Flicker

Jonah Flicker is a freelance writer who covers booze, travel, food, and lifestyle. His work has appeared in a variety of different publications, including EsquireMaximDeparturesUSA Today, CNN, Food & WineTravel & Leisure, and more. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his family and cairn terrier, and prefers his whiskey cask-strength and neat.. View profile.

Kelsey Machado

Kelsey Machado

Kelsey Machado is a professional interior designer with over a decade of experience in the field. Along with running her studio, Kelsey is a writer and traveler. Born and raised in historic New Bedford, Massachusetts, she loves getting outdoors for hiking, kayaking, and camping. When not traveling the world in search of good food and inspirational architecture, she enjoys nights at home with her guy, their cat, a bottle of wine, and a superhero movie. View profile.

Lee Heidel

Lee Heidel

Lee Heidel is the managing editor of Brew/Drink/Run, a website and podcast that promotes brewing your own beer, consuming the best craft beer in the world, and then running off the calories. Based in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, Lee is a two-time honoree as one of Southern Living magazine’s Bloggers to Watch. View profile.

Mark Stock

Mark Stock is a writer from Portland, Oregon. He fell into wine during the Recession and has been fixated on the stuff since. He spent years making, selling, and sipping Pinot Noir in the Dundee Hills before a full return to his journalistic roots in 2016. He’s helplessly tied to European soccer, casting for trout and grunge rock. More of his work can be found on his website. View profile.

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Miles Branman

Miles Branman developed a passion for cars early thanks to a neighbor’s collection of rare vehicles. What grew into an obsession with performance and design drove Miles to automotive journalism and grassroots racing. Since 2011, Miles has produced and edited content for his own site and channels. He has contributed to Robb Report, Digital Trends, Automotive News, and Coast Magazine. View profile.

Mike Richard

Mike Richard

Mike Richard is a Rhode Island native, professional web designer, and travel junkie. Since 2006, he has edited, written for, and kept the gears running behind the scenes at Vagabondish. His travel advice has appeared on the websites of industry-leading publications for ‘Forbes’, ‘Travel + Leisure,’ ‘USA Today,’ CNET, and ‘National Geographic.’ He enjoys speaking in the third person. View profile.

Ross Collicutt

Ross Collicutt

Ross is an outdoor adventure writer, amateur photographer, and computer programmer based on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. When not writing or editing photos for his own website, Pure Outside, he can be found attempting every outdoor sport available. So far he loves backcountry skiing and is terrible at yoga on stand-up paddleboards. View profile.

Steven John

Steven John

Steven John is a writer and journalist living just outside New York City, by way of 12 years in Los Angeles, by way of growing up in Washington, D.C. Also, there was that stint in Boston. He can occasionally be found climbing mountains, spotted in a kayak or canoe, and usually at home with his wife, son, and daughter. His books hang out here and, aside from The Manual, he regularly contributes to Business Insider, New York Magazine, and othersites. View profile.

Taylor Tobin

Taylor Tobin

Taylor Tobin is a freelance food, drink, and lifestyle writer based in Brooklyn. She’s contributed content to publications like Insider, HuffPost, Eater, Observer, Apartment Therapy, Wine Enthusiast, and Elite Daily. She loves bikes, books, and bourbon (not necessarily in that order), and her go-to cocktail is the Old Fashioned. View profile.

Tyler Zielinski

Tyler Zielinski

Tyler is a New York-based freelance cocktail and spirits journalist, competitive bartender, and bar consultant. He is an advocate for sustainability behind the bar and he enjoys all the nerdiest cocktail-related topics. In addition to his work for The Manual, his writings have been featured in outlets such as MaximImbibe Mag, Liquor.com, Whisky Advocate, Bourbon Review, and more. Some say his blood is mostly Fernet Branca, but that myth has yet to be debunked. Keep up with him on Instagram @bon_vivantito. View profile.

Zoe Baillargeon

Zoe Baillargeon

Zoe Baillargeon is an award-winning travel writer and freelance journalist covering travel, food and drink, outdoors and adventure travel, lifestyle, and more. Growing up in New Mexico, she moved to Chile after college, where she discovered her passion for the outdoors during hikes in Patagonia and stargazing in the Atacama. She is now based in the rainy Pacific Northwest. She’s written for Afar, Fodor’s, Hemispheres, Huckberry, Cereal, and more. When she manages to get away from her desk, she enjoys reading, hiking, drinking too much coffee, and spoiling her cat. View profile.