By L.M. Browning
To Lose the Madness
Field Notes on Trauma, Loss, and Radical Authenticity
As featured in the TEDx Talk, “Writing on Life”
After the publication of her short memoir, To Lose the Madness: Field Notes on Trauma, Loss and Radical Authenticity, Leslie was invited to attend the TEDx Conference at Yale University in 2018 where she gave a talk on the philosophy of Radical Authenticity and the process of transcendence trauma. After the TED Talk, Leslie went on to found the Radical Authenticity Community The organization is a community of storytellers who, by sharing our own journey through the practice of Radical Authenticity, help to “normalize” mental illness and help dispel the stigma surrounding it. Watch Leslie’s TED Talk, “Writing On Life” below.
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“The Castoff Children is a lovely story of hope and the power of dreams and friendship….” —Tomm Moore, Director of the Academy Award nominated films The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea
Midnight ponderings &
Be gentle long night, I don’t belong here. Thrown to the wolves, I shifted nocturnal.
In a land beyond the pervading dark,
in a state beyond the fever-pitch…
Out beyond the murkiness left by anger-tinted arguments, remember what you know in your heart and bring that truth close.
Red dust, sanguine from Sangre bleeding into the snowy roads that lead to the hidden mountain …
They say poetry must tell us something of life and the wider-world, else it is confessional blather beyond use, but what if I want it to be only for me—in all its obscurity?
Souls age in thousand-fold nights, wandering across internal landscapes to desert’s edge.
What are we to do, we who require silence in a world of deafening din? The far-lung corners being as far as they are, where shall we carry ourselves?
The perfect, plumb ground too easy and expected bears no liking for those beings without wings but for whom heights hold draw.
Gathering dust in the mantle spun particles of God in chain formed the milky way.
A black-hat specter of ill fate
emerged while back turned taking the children I was to have, the life I was to lead, the person I was known to be . . .
There will come a day when I succumb to the roaming, rambling, road . . .
I had the great fortune to sit down with Jake Halpern, author of the New York Times feature “Welcome to the New World” winner of a Pulitzer Prize.
april 5-6, 2019
IBPA Publishing University • Chicago, IL
For nearly three decades, IBPA Publishing University has been the indie publishing community’s must-attend networking and educational event. As a Board Member of the IBPA, Leslie will host several offerings over the conference.
May 29 – 31, 2019
BookExpo • Javits Center, New York, NY
Join us at the publishing industry’s leading trade event, where Booksellers, Librarians, and Publishers gather to discover the latest titles and authors. Leslie will be in attendance representing Homebound Publications and its divisions.