Les (L.M.) Browning (she/they/them) is a bestselling poet whose hybrid of introspective travel writing and visual art focuses on the alchemizing of trauma through active awe-seeking and a re-wilding of one’s life and self.
Over the last fifteen years, Les’ twenty-something intention to help “ensure the mainstream isn’t the only stream,” has taken shape in the form of the enduring indie platforms: Homebound Publications, Wayfarer Books,The Wayfarer Magazine & Navigator Graphics.
Since the release of their micro-memoir, To Lose the Madness: Field Notes on Trauma, Loss and Radical Authenticity, and the subsequent TEDx Talk at Yale based on the book, Browning has worked tirelessly as a Mental Health Advocate and publicly shares their own struggle with c-ptsd as a means to help lift the stigma of mental illness through storytelling. Their own published works have received five Pushcart Prize nominations, two Foreword Review Book Awards, and the Nautilus Gold Medal for Poetry.
Recently Browning accepted a position on CT-nami’s Lived Experience Committee and received national certification as a Survivor of Suicide Attempt (SOSA), Group Peer Facilitator through the Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services Foundation in Los Angeles. They are a graduate of the University of London and Harvard University.
Les is currently posted up at Wayfarer Farm in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, where they are solo homesteading 15 acres of raw land in their own modern Walden.
Drive Through the Night
A Poetic Memoir of Taming, Reclaiming & Becoming Wild
b y l . m . b r o w n i n g
Raw, gritty, lonesome, and stunningly authentic—we pick up Browning’s trail at that mid-life moment . . .
Cimarron, NM > Berkshire Mnts. MAss
Where we leave off…
Following the release of their micro-memoir, To Lose the Madness, and the TEDx Talk at Yale University based on their 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.
yale university, New Haven Conn
on the road
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
2023 TOUR CITIES
Rocky Mountain National Park, 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
Santa Fe, 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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drive through the night
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.”
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.”
Sequoia National Park, California
—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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