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Drive Through the Night

A Poetic Memoir of Taming, Reclaiming & Becoming Wild

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 Raw, gritty, lonesome, and stunningly authentic—we pick up Browning’s trail at mid-life as the poet reflects on her journey through her major relationships, both with lovers and self. 

 

Cimarron, NM > Berkshire Mnts. MAss

Where we leave off…

Following the release of her micro-memoir, To Lose the Madness, and the TEDx Talk at Yale University based on her life, Browning returns from a six-year poetic silence with, Drive through the Night.  

The map of these poems traces the poet’s journey of overcoming and re-becoming while set against the iconic backdrop of the American Southwest.

In Drive Through the Night, we follow the trail of an orphan-turned-vagabond who left behind the white picket fence for the open range and open road.

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about

The Traveler

L.M. Browning (she/them) is a TEDx speaker, publisher, and the award-winning author of twelve titles. In her writing, Browning explores the confluence of the natural landscape and the interior landscape.  

Over the last ten years of her career, she has served two terms on the Board of the Independent Book Publisher’s Association and is a Fellow with the International League of Conservation Writers. 

In 2011, she founded Homebound Publications and its divisions. She holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of London and a degree in Psychology and Literature from Harvard University.

In addition to her publishing endeavors, Browning works as a Mental Health Advocate and publicly shares her own struggle with C-PTSD as a means to help lift the stigma of mental illness through storytelling.

In 2022, she proudly accepted a position on NAMI’s Lived Experience Committee and, after training through the Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services Foundation in Los Angeles, received her certification as a national Survivor of Suicide Attempt (SOSA) Group Peer Facilitator. 

A vagabond-turned-homesteader, Les’ seasonal basecamp is at Homebound Publications’ woodland retreat center in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts where she is solo homesteading 15-acres of raw land, in her own modern Walden.

 yale university, New Haven Conn

The TED

on the road

The Tour

March 2022 Tour cities

Baltimore, PA / March 27, 2022
Washington D.C. / March 28, 2022
Shenandoah National Park, VA / March 28, 2022
Jackson, MS / March 29, 2022
Smoky Mountain National Park, TN / March 31, 2022

Summer 2022 TOUR CITIES

Northampton, MA – Forthcoming
Woodstock, NY – Forthcoming
Philly, PA – Forthcoming

winter 2022-2023 TOUR CITIES

Denver, CO
Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
Vail, CO
Arches National Park, UT
Canyonlands National Park, UT
Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
Monument Valley, AZ
Sequoia National Park, CA
Hermosa Beach, CA
Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Abiquiu, NM
Santa Fe, NM
ABQ, NM
White Sands National Park, NM

*We are following CDC updates with regards to covid-19. Exact dates and venues are being finalized in each respective city. We will also offer a LIVE stream events. 

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Advance Praise 

ABQ, New Mexico

“These poems are beautiful on multiple levels: not only do they reveal the hard-won efforts of a woman coming to terms with her past, present, and future, but they are also visually spectacular. The striking imagery paired with Browning’s simple, moving prose makes for a gorgeous ode to self-discovery and healing, suitable for any wanderer who loves direct poetry, be they lost or found.”

—publisher’s weekly

white sands national park, new mexico

“Drive Through the Night is an intensely beautiful exploration of this planet we call home and her own dark night of the soul. As we follow this speaker to different landscapes all across the country, the accompanying images and poems bring to life scenes of loss, joy, and a quiet yet fierce rebirth of the wounded spirit.”

—James Crews, Poet and Editor of The Path to Kindness

Bryce canyon, utah

“In Drive through the Night, L. M. Browning uses poetry and photography to detail her evolution from a socialized  prisoner of expectations to a reclaimed, authentic self.”

 

—Foreword Reviews

Sequoia National Park, California

“…breathtaking vulnerability.”

—Will Falk, author of How Dams Fall

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

“Exquisitely delicate and lyrical . . . her magnum opus.”

—caitlin Garvey, author of the mourning report

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Publisher’s Weekly

A vulnerable, inviting poetry collection that speaks deeply to anyone who has felt lost, Drive Through the Night immerses readers in the turbulent emotions of lost love, self-actualization, suicidal ideation, and eventually, relative peace . . . Touching on a history of abuse, trauma, and neglect, Browning’s verses poignantly illuminate the descent and ascent from breakdown and grief, as she carries readers through her own quest to find her “true north” . . . 

 

Much like the pictured rivers and creeks that accompany her work—her own photography, taken during her many travels across the U.S.—Browning’s poetry flows freely and evinces a raw authenticity. Her photos speak a thousand words, though that number is more than she needs to express a complex or incisive thought, since Browning proves an expert at saying so much in a minimum of words in wisdom-drenched lines such as, “There is freedom in the destruction \ all you have to do is survive it.” Always candid about her own flaws and struggles, she shares the locale in which each piece was composed, including homesteads, national parks, and even a psychiatric ward.

 

These poems are beautiful on multiple levels: not only do they reveal the hard-won efforts of a woman coming to terms with her past, present, and future, but they are also visually spectacular. The striking imagery paired with Browning’s simple, moving prose makes for a gorgeous ode to self-discovery and healing, suitable for any wanderer who loves direct poetry, be they lost or found.”

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