Leslie Browning

Poet

13 Old South Street Suite 2G
NORTHAMPTON, MA 01060
Phone: 
860-574-5847

Author's Bio

(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 and is a Fellow with the International League of Conservation Writers.

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, Leslie’s seasonal basecamp can be found in the Berkshire Mountains & Northampton, MA areas. When not writing, or publishing the work of indie authors, she is roaming the mountains . . . which are ever-calling.

Publications & Prizes

Anthologies:
Wildness: Voices of the Sacred Landscape (Homebound Publications, 2016)
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2010 Little Red Tree Publishing Anthology (Little Red Tree Publishing, 2010)
Books:
To Lose the Madness: Field Notes on Trauma, Loss and Radical Authenticity (Homebound Publications, 2018)
,
The Castoff Children (Homebound Publications, 2016)
,
Seasons of Contemplation (Homebound Publications, 2015)
,
In the Hands of the Immortal Weaver (Homebound Publications, 2015)
,
Vagabonds and Sundries (Homebound Publications, 2013)
,
Fleeting Moments of Fierce Clarity (Homebound Publications, 2012)
,
Oak Wise - A Book of Poetry Exploring an Ecological Faith (Little Red Tree Publishing, 2010)
,
Ruminations at Twilight - A Book of Poetry Exploring the Sacred (Little Red Tree Publishing, 2010)
,
The Barren Plain (Little Red Tree Publishing, 2010)
Prizes won: 
  • 2011 Pushcart Prize Nomination (Poetry)
  •  2012 Pushcart Prize Nomination (Fiction)
  • 2013 Nautilus Book Award Gold Medal (Poetry)
  • 2013 Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards (Best Non-fiction Regional Title)
  • 2011 Fellow with the League of Conservationist Writers
  • 2016 Elected to the Board of Directors of the Independent Book Publishers' Association
  • 2016 Finalist in Foreword Review's Indie Book Awards (Poetry)
  • 2018 Reelected to the Board of Directors of the Independent Book Publishers' Association
  • 2018 TEDx Talk "Writing on Life," Yale Univiersity TEDx "Uncharted" Conference
  • 2018 Pushcart Prize Nomination (Non-fiction)
  • 2019 Winner, Foreword Review's Indie Book Awards (Nonfiction)

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Barry Lopez, Joanna Macy, Gary Snyder, David Abram, Mary Oliver, Rainer Maria Rilke, Annie Dillard, Cheryl Strayed, Jack Kerouac, Walt Whitman, Henry David Thoreau, Terry Tempest Williams, Jim Harrison, John O’Donohue, Joan Didion, and Wendell Berry.

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Disabled, LGBTQ
Prefers to work with: 
Any, Illness/Wellness, LGBTQ, Naturalists/Environmentalists
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Stonington
Raised in: 
CT
Connecticut
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Last update: May 11, 2021