(L.M.) Leslie M. Browning is a TEDx speaker, photojournalist, and the award-winning author of twelve titles. She grew up in the small fishing village of Stonington, Connecticut. In her writing, Browning explores the confluence of the natural landscape and the interior landscape. She holds an Associates degree in Philosophy from the University of London and a Liberal Bachelor or Arts from Harvard University focusing on English, Psychology, and Digital Media. Over the last ten years of her career, she has served 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, which has gone on to become a leading independent publisher in the country. A vagabond-turned-homesteader, Leslie’s woodland basecamp can be found in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. When not writing, or publishing the work of indie authors, she is roaming the mountains . . . which are ever-calling.

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...

TEDx Yale: Radical Authenticity & Writing on Life

 “The theme of the Yale University TEDx Conference in 2018 is UNCHARTED. My ‘uncharted territory’ is the limits of our sanity in the face of successive trauma and our ability to transcend that senseless suffering into something meaningful via a practice I called ‘Radical Authenticity.’  What is Radical Authenticity? For me, it was a reckoning—it was the process of confronting everything in my life I’d been running from and eventually coming to own that journey . . . ”  – L.M. Browning


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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.

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

The arc of these poems traces the poet’s journey of overcoming and rebecoming while simultaneously set against the iconic backdrop of the American Southwest. In her words, “These poems and ponderings were written across the nights—while traveling the distance between who I was expected to become and who I authentically (irrevocably) am.”

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.


wild silence

“Sit with the silence. there is something there waiting for you.”


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AWARD-WINNING micro-memoir


“A laconic, beautiful, and deeply insightful

account about coping with loss.”

Kirkus Reviews

“In this spellbinding book, poet and novelist Browning spares no detail in telling the story of her descent into profound grief as one loss piled upon another. Though small, this effective and plainspoken memoir is densely packed with tales of harrowing experiences that require emotional, intellectual, and spiritual investments on the part of the reader. Browning’s journey of recovery will be of help to anyone looking for courage in difficult times.” –Publishers Weekly

“Impressively candid and articulate, extraordinarily honest and insightful, exceptionally well written, organized and presented, To Lose the Madness is an inherently compelling read from cover to cover. Thoughtful and thought-provoking from first page to last, To Lose the Madness is unreservedly recommended for personal reading lists, as well as community and academic library collections.” –Midwest Book Review, *Reviewer’s Choice

“Browning’s essay explores the confluence of natural and interior landscapes in a manner both beautiful and searing.” Foreword Reviews, *5 Stars

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