Les (L.M.) Browning (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 ten years, Les founded Homebound Publications, Wayfarer Books, and The Wayfarer Magazine. Their own published works have received five Pushcart Prize nominations, two Foreword Review Book Awards, and the Nautilus Gold Medal for Poetry.
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 cptsd as a means to help lift the stigma of mental illness through storytelling.
Recently Browning accepted a position on ct-nami’s Lived Experience Committee and received national certification as a Survivor of Suicide Attempt 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.
Vagabond-turned-homesteader, Les is currently posted up at Wayfarer Farm in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, where they are solo homesteading 15 acres of raw land in their own modern Walden.
In 2018, Les presented their TEDx Talk at Yale University’s TEDx 2018 “Uncharted” Conference based on their own journey with successive trauma and search for different means of transcending that suffering into something of meaning.
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.
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.
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...
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).
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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
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...
Just a little over a week ago I gave an interview on Citywide Blackout, Boston's home for musicians, filmmakers, and authors on WEMF Radio. You can catch the show below. My interview starts at the 1hr 5min mark and my good friend Kelly Kancyr's interview follows...