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.
L.M. Browning (she/them) is a two-spirited, wayfaring poet.
Over her career, she has served two terms on the Board of the Independent Book Publisher’s Association and has been a Fellow with the International League of Conservation Writers for over 10 years.
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.
Since the release of her mirco-memoir, To Lose the Madness and the subsequent TEDx Talk around it, Browning has worked 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
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
winter 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
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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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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