(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.

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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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.