Braided Brook is a print and online journal of personal stories, told in 1000 words or less.


Introduction by Dylan Klempner and Russ Beck

We started Braided Brook in 2010, shortly after we met at the Goucher College's MFA in Creative Nonfiction program and realized that we shared overlapping interests and concerns--faith, healthcare, and the environment. Ted Kooser and Jim Harrison's book of poems, Braided Creek: a Conversation in Poetry inspired us. Our original intention, like theirs was to limit the discussion to the two of us. But our friend, Sarah Wolfgang helped us recognize that our website's open platform necessitated more diverse voices and views. "Doesn't a braid have at least three strands?" she asked.

Neither of us can remember exactly how we began including snapshots with stories. Maybe it just seemed to make sense to use the website's capacity as a visual medium. However it came about, the images--simple, unsophisticated, grainy--are often as important to us as the stories they accompany. We are happy to see combination of story and image carried over to the journal format.

In 2016, Braided Brook has joined Brandon Telg and Jaron Jones at Self Narrate. We are excited that our journal will be used to help further their mission of community empowerment through storytelling.

We welcomed the edition of a new co-editor, Magin LaSov Gregg, in 2018. Magin’s essays about love, loss, and redemption appear in The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, Bellingham Review, Full Grown People, The Rumpus, Under the Gum Tree and elsewhere.

“The place where vulnerability meets an honest confession is the place where true change begins.” Magin says. “The stories I want to read are equal parts revolution and revelation.