(L.M.) Leslie M. Browning is 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 is a convergence of her flannel-clad New England roots and the wide-sky, high-desert of the Southwest.
Over the course of her career to date, Browning has garnered several awards, including: 5 Pushcart Prize nominations, 2 Foreword Reviews’ Awards, and the Nautilus Gold Medal for Poetry.
In 2011, she founded Homebound Publications & Divisions, which has gone on to become a leading independent publisher in the country. She has served two terms on the Board of Directors for the Independent Book Publisher’s Association, is a Fellow with the International League of Conservation Writers, and recently became a Tree Ambassador with One Tree Planted.
Following the release of her micro memoir, To Lose the Madness, in 2018 Leslie was invited to present at Yale University’s TEDx Conference entitled, “Uncharted” to share her own journey with successive trauma and search for transcendence in her talk, “Writing on Life.”
Browning holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of London and a Liberal Bachelor of Arts focusing on English, Psychology, and Digital Media from Harvard University.
A vagabond-turned-homesteader, Browning is carving out a farm in the Berkshire Mountains. When not writing, or publishing the work of indie authors, she is roaming the mountains . . . which are ever-calling.
In early 2018, following the release of To Lose the Madness and the TEDx Talk she presented at Yale University’s TEDx Conference based on her own journey with successive trauma and search for transcendence, Browning founded the RadicalAuthenticity.Community website, a community of storytellers who, by sharing our own journey with emotional struggle, help to normalize mental illness and dispel the stigma surrounding it.
Trigger warning: Suicide and Mental Illness
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”…
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