,From 2002 – 2022, Connor Wolfe (they/them) wrote fourteen titles with the pen name, L.M. Browning. Under this moniker, their work received 6 Pushcart Prize Nominations, the Gold Nautilus Medal for Poetry (2010), multiple Foreword Review Book Awards, and finally, the Nautilus Silver Medal for Poetry (2022). Wolfe’s visionary approach to indie publishing afforded them the opportunity to serve two terms on the Board of Directors for the Independent Book Publisher’s Association, speak on the TEDx stage at Yale University, and study at Harvard University via grant programs. Following the TEDx Talk (2018) which chronicles their own journey with successive trauma, Wolfe was invited to join several larger mental health conversations happening on a state/national level, where they became an advocate for normalizing mental illness through telling our stories in a practice called Radical Authenticity. Ultimately Wolfe was asked to join the State of Connecticut/NAMI Lived Experience Committee (2021) and became a certified SOSA (Survivor of Suicide Attempts) Peer Facilitator through the Didi Hirsch Foundation in Los Angeles. In early 2022, Wolfe shifted their advocacy work to Queer/Trans Rights in light of the active threat posed to these marginalized communities, of which Wolfe is a part. Wolfe now serves as Creative Director for Homebound Publications and Wayfarer Books (the publishing houses they founded in 2011).
In February 2023, Wolfe accepted a long-term Researcher position in the Collections Department of the Museum of Anthropology at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico, where they are working as a part of the team readying sacred objections for repatriation under the newly-updated NAGPRA Laws (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act). From theIndian Affairs, “Through the provisions of NAGPRA, the federal government acts to treat the remains of Native ancestors and their belongings with dignity, and to return them to their communities with respect for their customs, religion, and traditions.”
At the end of 2023, the collected works of L.M. Browning were pulled out of print at the request of the author—all except The Castoff Children and Far Rider. Excerpts from the works no longer in print, as well as notes from unpublished manuscripts, will be published through the L.M. Browning Substack platform.
Connor Wolfe writes the “Letter from the Editor” for Wayfarer Magazine.
In 2023, Wolfe financed/founded the Radical Authenticity Prize for Trans & NonBinary Writers through Wayfarer Books.
(It’s like passing the hat at the end of the night.)
If you have enjoyed my work under L.M. Browning and are inclined to show gratitude, I invite you to donate directly. Everything gathered by the “tip jar ” (Venmo) goes toward daily necessities. Whether it is a warm cup of coffee or a tank of gas, whatever you pass along is deeply appreciated.
At this point in the journey, we are all just running on compassion.
DEC 21, 2023, // BERKSHIRE MNTS. MASS.