Blog & News

Playlist We Live By

What seems like a million years ago now, I was a DJ. It was one of my first jobs when I was a teenager. Music is a passion I never left behind. I am routinely asked to make mixes for friends. Before I set out on the road To Lose the Madness, some readers as me what my...

The Technicolor Burning Bush | A Poem

I hear the voice of god in the hum of the neon sign at the rest stop, where the caravan of displaced desperadoes and expats post-up for the bottomless cup of coffee….

Future Primitive | Radical Authenticity

In this week’s episode Leslie M. Browning speaks with Joanna about: learning to move forward with traumatic experiences; healing is a journey; making meaning out of the loss; connected in vulnerability; the healing magic and beauty of the American Southwest; the solace and nurturance of the “wild silence”…

Lobo | A Poem

Be gentle long night, I don’t belong here. Thrown to the wolves, I shifted nocturnal.

Unspoken | A Poem

Out beyond the murkiness left by anger-tinted arguments, remember what you know in your heart and bring that truth close.

Benzos, Bardo, and Brokenness | A Poem

They say poetry must tell us something of life and the wider-world, else it is confessional blather beyond use, but what if I want it to be only for me—in all its obscurity?

Nerve-Shaken | A Poem

What are we to do, we who require silence in a world of deafening din? The far-lung corners being as far as they are, where shall we carry ourselves?

The Laws of Gravity | A Poem

The perfect, plumb ground too easy and expected bears no liking for those beings without wings but for whom heights hold draw.

A Bit of Homework for 2019

My advice to you (and myself) in 2019: Knowing Yourself: Know your worth, know your limits, know your boundlessness, know your strengths, know your weaknesses, know your accomplishments, and know your dreams. Protecting Yourself: Be a mirror for all those...

Westward | A Poem

There will come a day when I succumb to the roaming, rambling, road . . .

In the Balance Interview | Podcast

This week on In the Balance, Susan Lambert and I sit down. I set out to understand my own trauma, not to write a book. But, as I discovered, intentions can have their own glorious and wild mind, and I ended up with my personal essay/ memoir, To Lose the...

Stay Grounded

It's been a week of conversations on mental illness and paths to healing. First with Susan Lambert at In the Balance and then with NAMI's podcast Conversations from Studio B. Both shows will air in the next few weeks. It's has been wonderful for me to...

Launch of The Vanguard Podcast

We're excited to launch The Vanguard Podcast! The show is a bi-annual podcast of Homebound Publications featuring interviews and commentary from those at the forefront of creativity. Each episode, we feature intimate conversations with artists, authors,...

Salt Water Therapy | Rhode Island Monthly

On June 21, 2014, (4 years to the day of this post), I suffered a traumatic fall and wrecked my left leg. After undergoing surgery to piece everything back together it took me almost a year to learn how to walk again. During that time of relearning, I went...

Our Fractured Minds Podcast Interview

Recently I had the privilege of appearing on the Our Fractured Minds podcast with Jeff Renoe to discuss my new book, To Lose the Madness: Field Notes on Trauma, Loss and Radical Authenticity as well as my diagnoses of C-PTSD, Depression and Mild...

L.M. Browning on the Give and Take Podcast

I recently sat down with Scott Jones over at the Give and Take Podcast to talk about the stories behind my new book To Lose the Madness: Field Notes on Trauma, Loss and Radical Authenticity. The tale in this book is a messy one, but it has taught me many...

To Lose the Madness | The Book Launch at Harvard Coop

Woke up and was groggily reading the news when I noticed the book launch for To Lose the Madness was mentioned in The Boston Globe! If you are in the Greater Boston area, come join me Monday evening at The Harvard Coop Bookstore at 7pm! (That night is also the eve of...

The Launch | Travel Journal | Texas Hill Country

Today is the official release of To Lose the Madness: Field Notes on Trauma, Loss and Radical Authenticity. It is hard to describe what the release of this book means. There have certainly been moments since sending the book to print where I flinched at sharing so...

The Surreal Experience That Is a TEDx Talk

Giving a TEDx Talk will stand as one of the most surreal, terrifying, and wonderful experiences of my life. (Terrifying because the topic I chose to speak on was so very intimate and I wanted to do it justice...not go into robot-mode or worse just have an emotional...

Messy Roads to Motherhood | Podcast Interview

I recently had a chance to sit down with Sarah Aschkenas from Messy Roads to Motherhood podcast to talk about the difficult road I had after my miscarriage and the chronicle of it I put forth in To Lose the Madness: Field Notes on Trauma, Loss and Radical...

Grief Out Loud | Podcast Interview

I recently had the chance to sit down with Jana DeCristofaro from the Grief Out Loud podcast to discuss the nature of grief and loss of a child . . .

TEDx Bound

As some of you have heard, I will be presenting a TEDx Talk at the TEDxYale Conference March 3, 2018 at Yale University. The talk is based on the events that take place in my forthcoming memoir, To Lose the Madness: Field Notes on Trauma, Loss and Radical...

To Lose the Madness Over the Mountains | A Book’s Namesake

To Lose the Madness gleans its name from a quote by Jim Harrison. In the film adaptation of Harrison’s novella, Legends of the Fall, we follow the story of the war-wearied character Colonel Ludlow who, after watching the butchering of the Native Americans, gives up...

To Lose the Madness | Diving off the Cliff of My Comfort Zone

As we come to the end of 2017, I look ahead to 2018 knowing that this year is going to push me well out of my comfort zone with the the release of my next book: To Lose the Madness: Field Notes on Trauma, Loss and Radical Authenticity. Unlike other books in my...

For the Dream Protectors

For the Dream Protectors... As I wrap up the 2017 year and head out of the Homebound Publications office to celebrate the holiday with my friends and family, I cannot help but reflect back on the year. 2017 was a good year for me. It feels counter-intuitive to say...

To Lose the Madness | A New Offering

In this career-defining work, Browning explores the breaking point every mind has after finding her own limit during a gauntlet of traumatic events. Pulled out of this blast-crater moment in her life by a friend, she is brought away from the insanity and deep into the snowy Sangre de Cristo Mountains where, standing in front of a herd of wild buffalo, she comes face to face with the terms we all must come to surrounding the loss we face in this life.

Standing Rock | The Wayfarer Magazine

Each issue we feature a profile of a wayfarer and highlight what they are doing to be an agent of change in the world. For the first time in the history of our publication, we have chosen to feature a movement as our wayfarer.

Choices Scarcely Recalled | A Poem

In my youth, I spoke with God during the confluence of night and dawn. He has since wandered off to tend to unknown matters; leaving me to mutter to myself.

The Arts Paper | Just Getting Started

I had the great privilege to be featured in the April 2017 issue of The Arts Paper. (The Arts Council of Greater New Haven’s monthly magazine of all things art in Greater New Haven.) The piece, “Just Getting Started” appears below.

Entrepreneurial Bravery by L.M. Browning

In 2011, with under $600.00 to my name, I opened Homebound Publications. I left a teaching position where I had a steady income and health insurance. I opened the press in the middle of a recession, at a point in time where the industry where everyone was convinced print was going to be extinct.

WEMF Radio Boston | The Castoff Children

The first half of the tour for The Castoff Children is done. Thank you to everyone who came to events and tuned into interviews to make this journey with me. I'm on a train homeward bound. I plan to hibernate and catch up with family until February when the tour picks...

Boston Herald Interview

Thank you to Boston Herald Radio and to Andrew Jacob Schneider the show’s Producer. It was such a great interview. Afterward, Andrew was kind enough to give me a tour of the newsroom floor and the archives (where I completely geeked out).