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” 

“A laconic, beautiful, and deeply insightful account about coping with loss.” –Kirkus Reviews

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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Burn Like a Roman Candle in the Night  |  A Poem

Burn Like a Roman Candle in the Night | A Poem

Like a Roman Candle in the Night | A Poem by L.M. Browning, from Drive Through the Night, Forthcoming April 2022   Shame be damned— own the ruin of yourself wear failure like a vintage      coat—torn, tattered heart—      you are a worn out classic soul of arcane...

Welcome, The Wayfarer Group | A Journal Entry

Welcome, The Wayfarer Group | A Journal Entry

Nearing 40 years old, I find myself balancing the need to be in motion–wandering the backroads and overgrown paths of the American landscape–and the need for rootedness, community, and stewardship.

Going Home | Wild Silence Travel Column

Going Home | Wild Silence Travel Column

by L.M. Browning, appeared in The Wayfarer Magazine autumn 2019 edition as part of the Wild Silence Travel Column | The Full Issue>> “What is the meaning of life? That was all—a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years, the great revelation...

Go West, Young Woman | A Journal Entry

Go West, Young Woman | A Journal Entry

The way out of my grief lies, as-ever, through the mountains. Packing a bag, soon to set out, the map is set, the ticket is booked, and the boots lay at the ready

The Dirge | A Poem

The Dirge | A Poem

Dancing with the dust devils
across the land of dazzling desolation
I seize freedom by unearthing
the beauty in the vanishing
nature of all that is vital.

Constellation of Wounds | A Poem

Constellation of Wounds | A Poem

8,947 miles later, I know now why you refuse the say the names of those dead-to-you-yet-still-breathing—afraid as you are of the monsters are still under the bed—yet in the silence, you give them immortality…

Upcoming Events

AUGUST 21-25, 2019

Los Angeles Tour 2019 • West Hollywood, CA

West Hollywood, CA. Private Residence. (By Invite Only.) If you would like to attend please reach out to info (at) to reserve your ticket.

October 19-20, 2019

Boston Book Fest • Copley Square, Boston

Celebrating the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight, and inspire.

November 2, 2019

Independent Publishers of New England Conference | Hilton Inn, Marlborough, MA

Leslie will be speaking at the 8th Annual Independent Publishers and Authors of New England Conference on November 2nd. 

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The Castoff Children

“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

Oak Wise

Foreword by Emmy Award Winning Filmmaker Alan Cooke

Ruminations at Twilight

“L.M. Browning’s powerful poetry embodies the archetypal spiritual journey of our times.” —Drew Dellinger, author of Love Letter to the Milky Way

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