(L.M.) Leslie M. Browning is the award-winning author of eleven titles. She grew up in the small fishing village of Stonington, Connecticut. In her writing, Browning explores the confluence of the natural landscape and the interior landscape. She is a convergence of her New England roots and the wide-sky, high-desert of the Southwest, where her heart is most at peace.

In 2010, Leslie debuted with a three-title contemplative poetry series: Ruminations at TwilightOak Wise, and The Barren Plain. These three books went on to garner several accolades including a total of 3 pushcart-prize nominations, the Nautilus Gold Medal for Poetry, and Foreword Reviews‘ Book of the Year Award. She followed this success with, Fleeting Moments of Fierce Clarity, which was named a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Balancing her passion for writing with her love of learning, Leslie has sat on the Board of the Art’s Cafe Mystic, a poetic art’s venue that has run for 17 years in Mystic, Connecticut and has featured authors who are Poets Laureate of the U.S. and winners of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and MacArthur “Genius Award.” She currently is a member of the Board of Directors for the Independent Book Publisher’s Association. With over 3,000 members, IBPA is the largest publishing trade association in the U.S. She is a graduate of the University of London and a Fellow with the International League of Conservation Writers.

In 2011, Browning opened Homebound Publications, one of the rising independent publishers in the country. Collectively through its imprints, Homebound Publications releases between fifteen to twenty books each year. The press has almost seventy-five titles distributed worldwide. Over the years, the library has received dozens of awards including: Foreword Reviews’ INDIE Awards, Nautilus Book Awards, Benjamin Franklin Book Awards, and Saltire Literary Awards. Highly-respected among bookstores, readers, and authors alike, Homebound Publications has a proven devotion to quality, originality, and integrity.

“Homebound Publications is a small press with big ideas. As an independent publisher, we strive to ensure, that the mainstream is not the only stream. It is our intention at Homebound Publications to preserve contemplative storytelling. We publish full-length introspective works of creative non-fiction, travel writing, poetry, and novels. In all our titles, our intention is to introduce new perspectives that directly aid humankind in the trials we face at present as a global village.”

In 2015 went on to establish Owl House Books as an imprint of Homebound Publications devoted to genre fiction. In 2017 she founded Little Bound Books, an imprint of Homebound Publications devoted to short form. She is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Wayfarer magazine.

Browning has freelanced for several publications including Rhode Island Monthly, New Haven Magazine, Coastal Connecticut Magazine, and Edible Nutmeg. Recognized for her in-depth profiles, as an interviewer, Browning is known for her genuine desire to connect with her subject and the insightful questions she composes to delve into the mind of those with whom she speaks. She has interviewed dozens of notable figures such as Academy Award-Nominated filmmaker Tomm Moore, Peabody-winning host of On Being Krista Tippett, Emmy-winning Filmmaker Alan Cooke, the Standing Rock Water Protectors, and Sandy Hook mother Nelba Márquez-Greene.

Look for Leslie’s powerfully-vulnerable memoir, To Lose the Madness: Field Notes on Trauma, Loss and Radical Authenticity. In this career-defining work, Browning explores the breaking point every mind has after finding her own limit during a gauntlet of traumatic events. Pulled out of this blast-crater moment in her life by a friend, she is brought away from the insanity and deep into the snowy Sangre de Cristo Mountains where, standing in front of a herd of wild buffalo, she comes face to face with the terms we all must come to surrounding the loss we face in this life. Offering no answers and seeking no pity, Browning lays herself bare in this radically authentic offering. She carries restricted subjects such as miscarriage, mental illness, and suicide out of the silence by offering her own private journey as an example of the power of transcendence.

In early 2018, following the release of To Lose the Madness and the TEDx Talk she presented at Yale University’s TEDx Conference based on her own journey with successive trauma and search for transcendence, Browning founded the RadicalAuthenticity.Community  website, a community of storytellers who, by sharing our own journey with emotional struggle, help to normalize mental illness and dispel the stigma surrounding it. She is currently working to complete a B.A. in Creative Writing with a double minor in Journalism and Psychology at Harvard University’s Extension School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In the Balance Interview | Podcast

This week on In the Balance, Susan Lambert and I sit down. I set out to understand my own trauma, not to write a book. But, as I discovered, intentions can have their own glorious and wild mind, and I ended up with my personal essay/ memoir, To Lose the...

Our Fractured Minds Podcast Interview

Recently I had the privilege of appearing on the Our Fractured Minds podcast with Jeff Renoe to discuss my new book, To Lose the Madness: Field Notes on Trauma, Loss and Radical Authenticity as well as my diagnoses of C-PTSD, Depression and Mild...

The Surreal Experience That Is a TEDx Talk

Giving a TEDx Talk will stand as one of the most surreal, terrifying, and wonderful experiences of my life. (Terrifying because the topic I chose to speak on was so very intimate and I wanted to do it justice...not go into robot-mode or worse just have an emotional...

Messy Roads to Motherhood | Podcast Interview

I recently had a chance to sit down with Sarah Aschkenas from Messy Roads to Motherhood podcast to talk about the difficult road I had after my miscarriage and the chronicle of it I put forth in To Lose the Madness: Field Notes on Trauma, Loss and Radical...

Grief Out Loud | Podcast Interview

I recently had the chance to sit down with Jana DeCristofaro from the Grief Out Loud podcast to discuss the nature of grief and loss of a child as reflected in my forthcoming personal essay/book, To Lose the Madness: Field Notes on Trauma, Loss and Radical...

The Arts Paper | Just Getting Started

I had the great privilege to be featured in the April 2017 issue of The Arts Paper. (The Arts Council of Greater New Haven’s monthly magazine of all things art in Greater New Haven.) The piece, “Just Getting Started” appears below.

WEMF Radio Boston | The Castoff Children

The first half of the tour for The Castoff Children is done. Thank you to everyone who came to events and tuned into interviews to make this journey with me. I'm on a train homeward bound. I plan to hibernate and catch up with family until February when the tour picks...

Boston Herald Interview

Thank you to Boston Herald Radio and to Andrew Jacob Schneider the show’s Producer. It was such a great interview. Afterward, Andrew was kind enough to give me a tour of the newsroom floor and the archives (where I completely geeked out).

The Castoff Children | The Sun Article

STONINGTON — L.M. Browning loves the city of Boston. When she walks around the old neighborhoods of Beacon Hill, she said, she’s transported back in time … and often feels inspired. In her new book, “The Castoff Children,” a group of 12 castoff children come together to care for each other in the back alleys of Boston.

Appearance on WPKN with Binnie Klein

This morning I had the great pleasure of talking with Binnie Klein, host of A Miniature World on WPKN Radio, Connecticut's true Independent alternative station. We discussed the inspiration and present-day relevance of my new novel, The Castoff Children. Look for The...

CT Style Appearance

Had a wonderful experience on CT Style this morning. It's exciting to shareThe Castoff Children with the world. So many readers are adopting this group of orphans into their heart. I couldn't be happier. Watch the video here....

Apperance on Welcome to Connecticut Podcast

I recently sat down with Ken Tuccio of the Welcome To Connecticut Podcast to discuss how I got into writing, the challenges making a career in this field, and the inspiration for my new novel, The Castoff Children. Don't forget, brand new episodes of the Welcome To...

Widening the Circle | Eric D. Lehman Interviews L.M. Browning for The Wayfarer

The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly hums with activity, clusters of buzzing voices gathering around paintings of boats and photographs of trees, chatting and laughing. Rows of chairs and a microphone wait for a poetry reading, generously called the “Poetry of the Earth.” Every one of the authors reading today is published by Leslie Browning’s press, Homebound Publications. At the center of it all is Leslie herself, graceful features hidden behind black rimmed glasses and long, wavy mouse-brown hair that shimmers gold in the harsh light of the art gallery.

Interview on WPKN

Recently I was interviewed on WPKN 89.5-Fm by Binnie Klein. We discussed my work and what sets Homebound Publications apart from the pack. If you have a moment, listen to the whole...

CT Style Interview for Make-a-Wish

Last week I was on the morning show CT Style on WTNH in New Haven with Lauren Telesz, Wish Kid and author of The Excursion.  This adventure at CT STYLE really began a 12 weeks or so back.... In early December, Homebound Publications received a call from the...

Appearance on Citywide Blackout WEMF Radio

Just a little over a week ago I gave an interview on Citywide Blackout, Boston's home for musicians, filmmakers, and authors on WEMF Radio. You can catch the show below. My interview starts at the 1hr 5min mark and my good friend Kelly Kancyr's interview follows...

6 Questions with L.M. Browning

6 Questions with award-winning author and Homebound Publications Founder L.M. Browning Photo of author hiking Walden Pond, June 2015 1. What books are on your nightstand? Artic Dreams by Barry Lopez, Winter Count by Barry Lopez, Light Action in the Caribbean by Barry...

7 People to Watch in Coastal Connecticut Magazine!

Coastal Connecticut Magazine has named the "7 People to Watch in Connecticut"—a list of 7 rising names in New England. The list includes opera singers, activists, entrepreneurs, and Founder of the Homebound Publications L.M. Browning! Read the article free here>>  ...

Ann Nyberg Interviews L.M. Browning [Video]

Author and Homebound Publications' Founder L.M. Browning is on the latest episode of NYBERG. (Watch Below) Ann Nyberg is WTNH-New Haven's longest serving Anchor/Reporter in station history. Ann anchors the 6 and 10 o'clock nightly newscasts. What really gets her going...

A New Book and a Gold Medal for Poet L.M. Browning

A New Book and a Gold Medal for Poet L.M. Browning By Marisa Nadolny Publication: The Day | Published 10/19/2013 There's a reason why poet L.M. Browning prefers to write at night. The daytime hours of a publisher and editor tend to fill up quickly. The evening hours,...

The Sacredness of the Earth | Future Primitive Interview

Joanna Harcourt Smith interviewing L.M. Browning for Future Primitive. "I was honored by Joanna's invitation to discuss my work and the 'greater issues.' I have said it before, speaking with her was like discussing spirituality with an old friend. She left me...

In The Easy Chair Interview | The Sun

Interview given for the "In The Easy Chair" feature of the Westerly Sun. Interview conducted and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro | December 12, 2010   AGE: 28 OCCUPATION: Freelance Writer/poet, Partner at Hiraeth Press, Associate Editor of Written River: A Journal of...

Browning Publishes Second Book | The Sun

Browning Publishes Second Book Article from The Westerly Sun | November 2010 STONINGTON – “Ruminations at Twilight: Poetry Exploring the Sacred,” by L.M. Browning was recently released. Browning, a Stonington resident, is a partner in the Boston-based Independant...

Going Back to Go Forward | Stonington Times Interview

      Stonington resident's debut poetry book inspired by the wisdom of nature      Exiled from the technological age for my love of all things olden, simple and green I return to humanity's first dwelling-to the forest, our natural home within the wild realm that is...