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.

Alina Rios
Editor, Founder


Alina spent the first part of her life in St. Petersburg, Russia, and now lives in Seattle. Her work has recently appeared in The New Verse News, Zetetic, Crosswinds Poetry Journal, and Apex Magazine. For National Poetry Month, her poems were set to music by Nicole Truesdell and performed at the downtown Seattle Public Library. She has been a professional editor for over 15 years in the software industry. Follow Alina on Twitter @alinassoul or visit her website at alinarios.com.


Jed Myers
Poetry Editor


A Philadelphia native, Jed 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 SchoonerPoetry Northwest, RattleCrab Creek Review, many other journals, and several anthologies. He’s the author of Watching the Perseids (Sacramento Poetry Center Book Award), The Marriage of Space and Time (MoonPath Press, forthcoming), and three chapbooks, including Dark’s Channels (Iron Horse Literary Review Chapbook Award). Recent recognitions include the Prime Number Magazine Award for Poetry, The Southeast Review’s Gearhart Poetry Prize, and The Tishman Review’s Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize.


Erin Slomski-Pritz
Outgoing Assistant Poetry Editor

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Erin is a poet and aspiring audio journalist. She has been known to carry collections of poems on long canoe trips and recite her favorites on tops of mountains. She is currently based in Sitka, Alaska, where she works with Outer Coast, an aspiring two-year institution of higher education, and is a Morning Edition host with KCAW, a local radio station.


Ted McMahon
Incoming Assistant Poetry Editor


Ted has lived and worked in Seattle since 1972. Recently retired from a career in pediatrics, he devotes his time to writing, metal sculpture, and percussion. His poems have appeared in The Seattle Review, Chrysanthemum, Manzanita Quarterly, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and elsewhere. Ted’s chapbook, First Fire, was published in 1996, and his full-length collection, The Uses of Imperfection, was published in 2003. He is a former editor of Floating Bridge Press. Ted is married to the photographer Rosanne Olson.


Jessica Bixel
Poetry Reader


Jessica is between some lines of latitude and longitude with a BA from Western Michigan and a MFA from Bowling Green State. She is a recent Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee and her work can be found on the internet and in print. She teaches creative expression to women in recovery and rehabilitation shelters. 


Andrew Gordon
Poetry Reader


Andrew is a poet based in the Bay Area. His work has previously appeared in Bracken.


Charlotte d'Huart
Assistant Fiction Editor

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Charlotte grew up in London, immersed in books, storytelling, and daydreaming, and left the UK after getting her degree in literature and philosophy. She taught English for many years and now lives, writes, and copyedits in the Bay Area, where the wild, foggy coastline keeps her daydreaming.


Kimberly Huebner
Fiction Reader/Newsletter Writer/Graphic Designer


Kimberly works at the University of Michigan and is an editorial committee member for the Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing. She is a native of Texas and now lives in Ann Arbor with her cat, Henrietta, who goes by Henri. She writes short stories in moments here and there and is always keeping an eye out for things that are magical, not that she expects they will let her see them.  


Bridget Nee
Social Media Maven/Fiction Reader


Bridget is an aspiring writer and poet. She can usually be found reading a good book or walking amongst the trees. She resides in Pittsburgh, PA. 

Alina Rios and Piper Robert

Past Staff
V. Wesley (fiction reader), Amy Lee Lillard (fiction editor)

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