Who We Are

Bracken is an open-minded magazine with a preference for magic realism. 

Inspired by old world storytelling with roots in the wood's shadows, we embrace both the literary and the fantastic—an open scope exploring the Other's consciousness in the present day.

Alina Rios
Editor-in-Chief, Founder

Alina spent the first part of her life in St. Petersburg, Russia, and now lives in Seattle with her 8-year-old son and a ghost-cat. Her work has appeared in Apex MagazineThe Colored LensGrievous AngelStarLine, and others. Follow Alina on Twitter @alinassoul or visit her website: alinarios.com.

Piper Robert
Creative Director, Co-Founder

Piper has spent time managing and designing publications generally associated with alternative viewpoints and raising awareness for what he believes are under-appreciated issues.

Jed Myers
Poetry Editor

A Philadelphia native, Jed discovered poetry early. He studied Creative Writing at Tufts University where he first edited a literary magazine. He then trained in psychiatry, and has maintained a therapy practice in Seattle for many years. Jed’s been active in the evolution of Seattle’s open-mic poetry community. His work’s appeared in Prairie Schooner, Nimrod, Crab Creek Review, many other journals, and several anthologies. He’s the author of Watching the Perseids (Sacramento Poetry Center Book Award) and two chapbooks. Honors include Southern Indiana Review’s Editors’ Award, the Literal Latte Poetry Award, and the McLellan Poetry Prize.

V. Wesley
Fiction First Reader

V. writes when she has the time and reads when Alina sends things her way. She likes it when people tell her their stories. Sometimes she writes those down too.

Erin Slomski-Pritz
Poetry First Reader

Erin is a shy poet who finds joys in the music of language. She has been known to carry collections of poems on long canoe trips and recite her favorites on tops of mountains. By day, she works in community mental health; by night, she brews potions and reads for Bracken.

Founders in their natural habitat.

Founders in their natural habitat.

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