Managing Editor

Also the magazine's copy editor, Margaret Seiler makes sure the stories in Portland Monthly are clear, readable, and grammatically correct. When she’s not editing other people’s stories, she occasionally writes about food and drink, raising kids in Portland, and her hobby of extreme transit. She’s also a bar trivia host.

Always an indecisive student, Margaret has a degree in English and mathematics from Amherst College and a graduate certificate in geographic information systems from Portland State University. The native Kentuckian landed in Oregon after youth-hostelling her way around the continent (before cell phones!) and worked at Willamette Week and the Portland Tribune before joining Portland Monthly in 2010. She lives in North Portland’s Kenton neighborhood with her brewer husband and their two children.

Where to Live Now

Neighborhood Guide: Nob Hill and Slabtown

New condos, old favorites, art house cinema, and one not-so-spooky Witch's Castle

02/25/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Where to Live Now

Neighborhood Guide: Division and Clinton

Stress-melting spas, restaurant empires, and Rocky Horror forever

02/25/2021 By Fiona McCann and Margaret Seiler

Where to Live Now

Neighborhood Guide: Downtown

Cultural temples, greatest-hit food halls and Portland's living room

02/25/2021 By Kelly Clarke and Margaret Seiler

Where to live now

Neighborhood Guide: Montavilla

Northwest-inspired muffulettas, home improvement tools, and pizza and a movie

02/25/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Where to Live Now

Neighborhood Guide: Beaverton

Sneakerhead nirvana, abundant Asian dumpling varieties, and mall Santas

02/25/2021 By Margaret Seiler and Kelly Clarke

Where to Live Now

Neighborhood Guide: Buckman and Sunnyside

Historic graveyards, a cult video store, and family-style Thai food.

02/25/2021 By Julia Silverman

Where to Live Now

Neighborhood Guide: Kenton

Paul Bunyan standing guard, haunted basements, and a comics treasure trove

02/25/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Essay

I Tried to Schedule an Oregon Vaccine Appointment Online

Flames. Flames on the side of my face.

02/25/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Where to Live Now

Neighborhood Guide: Alberta and Killingsworth

Murals for days, treasured Black-owned businesses, and bookworms’ delights

02/21/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Where to Live Now

Neighborhood Guide: St. Johns

Everyone's favorite PDX bridge, homegrown cinema, and a new stop for New Haven–style pizza

02/08/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Where to Live Now

Neighborhood Guide: Hillsboro

A rockin' museum, the swankiest driving range, and community theater even a politician can love

02/08/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Sports

The Portland Thorns 2021 Season Starts Taking Shape

What to expect when you’re expecting to watch some soccer this year

02/02/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Food Carts

12 Portland Food Cart Pods with Covered Outdoor Seating

Don’t let the rain ruin your food cart adventures. Some of these have heaters, too!

01/29/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Marty Patail, Margaret Seiler, and Gabriel Granillo

Where to Live Now

Neighborhood Guide: Mississippi and Williams

Garden patios for summer nights, resonant Black history, and DIY wonderland for home-builders

01/29/2021 By Fiona McCann, Kelly Clarke, and Margaret Seiler

Extremism

A Sociologist’s Take on the Capitol Siege

“They had pipe bombs, they had zip ties, they brought guns with them. It wasn’t just people caught up in the moment.”

01/17/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Travel

A Guide to Pandemic Travel

From coastal trailers to secluded forest retreats, here are ways to get out with social distance in mind.

01/12/2021 Edited by Margaret Seiler

Extreme Road Trip

Pandemic Travel: A 5,000-Mile Moving-Bubble Road Trip through 10 States

And I would drive 5,000 miles, and I would drive 5,000 more, just to be the kid who drives 5,000 miles to ... pee in her mom’s backyard.

01/08/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Glamping

4 Great Options for Trailers, Yurts, and Cabins at the Coast

Yurts and cabins in some coastal state parks reopen in January, with a 30-day reservation window.

01/02/2021 By Eden Dawn, Marty Patail, and Margaret Seiler

Shop Local

‘Be Here for Portland’ Campaign Asks Shoppers to Stay Local

Artists, athletes, musicians, business boosters, and celebs encourage Portlanders to take their love to town—or rather, spend their dollars in town.

12/18/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Travel & Outdoors

Your Next Favorite Winter Activity Awaits

You’ve skied. You’ve skated. May we entice you with something new?

12/14/2020 By Margaret Seiler, Julia Silverman, and Riley Blake