Leslie 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. 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 and are the human companion to a shamanic coy-dog.
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.
drive through the night
“visually spectacular. a gorgeous ode to self-discovery and healing,”
“a quiet yet fierce rebirth of the wounded spirit.”
—James Crews, Poet and Editor of
The Path to Kindness: Poems of Connection & Joy
“Exquisitely delicate and lyrical
…their magnum opus.”
—Caitlin Garvey, author of The Mourning Report
—Will Falk, author of How Dams Fall
“Browning uses poetry and photography
to detail their evolution from
a socialized prisoner of expectations
to a reclaimed, authentic self.”
yale university, New Haven Conn
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.
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