About the traveler

(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 an degree in Philosophy from the University of London and a Liberal Bachelor or 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.

tedx talk

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. 

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Future Primitive | Radical Authenticity

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”…

In the Balance Interview | Podcast

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...

Our Fractured Minds Podcast Interview

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

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...

The Surreal Experience That Is a TEDx Talk

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

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

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 . . .

The Arts Paper | Just Getting Started

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

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

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

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).

The Castoff Children | The Sun Article

The Castoff Children | The Sun Article

STONINGTON — L.M. Browning loves the city of Boston. When she walks around the old neighborhoods of Beacon Hill, she said, she’s transported back in time … and often feels inspired. In her new book, “The Castoff Children,” a group of 12 castoff children come together to care for each other in the back alleys of Boston.

Appearance on WPKN with Binnie Klein

Appearance on WPKN with Binnie Klein

This morning I had the great pleasure of talking with Binnie Klein, host of A Miniature World on WPKN Radio, Connecticut's true Independent alternative station. We discussed the inspiration and present-day relevance of my new novel, The Castoff Children. Look for The...

CT Style Appearance

CT Style Appearance

Had a wonderful experience on CT Style this morning. It's exciting to shareThe Castoff Children with the world. So many readers are adopting this group of orphans into their heart. I couldn't be happier. Watch the video here.  

Apperance on Welcome to Connecticut Podcast

Apperance on Welcome to Connecticut Podcast

I recently sat down with Ken Tuccio of the Welcome To Connecticut Podcast to discuss how I got into writing, the challenges making a career in this field, and the inspiration for my new novel, The Castoff Children. Don't forget, brand new episodes of the Welcome To...

Widening the Circle | Eric D. Lehman Interviews L.M. Browning for The Wayfarer

Widening the Circle | Eric D. Lehman Interviews L.M. Browning for The Wayfarer

The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly hums with activity, clusters of buzzing voices gathering around paintings of boats and photographs of trees, chatting and laughing. Rows of chairs and a microphone wait for a poetry reading, generously called the “Poetry of the Earth.” Every one of the authors reading today is published by Leslie Browning’s press, Homebound Publications. At the center of it all is Leslie herself, graceful features hidden behind black rimmed glasses and long, wavy mouse-brown hair that shimmers gold in the harsh light of the art gallery.

Interview on WPKN

Interview on WPKN

Recently I was interviewed on WPKN 89.5-Fm by Binnie Klein. We discussed my work and what sets Homebound Publications apart from the pack. If you have a moment, listen to the whole interview: http://archives.wpkn.org/bookmarks/listen/141568

CT Style Interview for Make-a-Wish

CT Style Interview for Make-a-Wish

Last week I was on the morning show CT Style on WTNH in New Haven with Lauren Telesz, Wish Kid and author of The Excursion.  This adventure at CT STYLE really began a 12 weeks or so back.... In early December, Homebound Publications received a call from the...