At Homebound Publications we recognize the importance of going home to gather from the stores of old wisdom to help nourish our lives in this modern era. We choose to lend voice to those individuals who endeavor to translate the old truths into new context and keep alive through the written word ways of life that are now endangered. Our titles introduce insights concerning mankind’s present internal, social and ecological dilemmas.
It is our intention at Homebound Publications to revive contemplative storytelling. We publish full-length introspective works of: non-fiction, essay collections, epic verse, short story collections, journals, travel writing, and novels. In our fiction titles our intention is to introduce new perspectives that will directly aid mankind in the trials we face at present.
It is our belief that the stories humanity lives by give both context and perspective to our lives. Some older stories, while well-known to the generations, no longer resonate with the heart of the modern man nor do they address the present situation we face individually and as a global village. Homebound chooses titles that balance a reverence for the old sensibilities; while at the same time presenting new perspectives by which to live.
Our View on the Business of Publishing
So often in this age of commerce, entertainment supersedes growth; books of lesser integrity but higher marketability are chosen over those with much-needed truth but smaller audience. Here at Homebound Publications, we focus on the quality of the truth and insight present within an author’s writing before any other considerations. We seek books written by soul-oriented individuals putting forth their works in an effort to restore depth, highlight truth and improve the quality of living for their readers. As an independent publisher we strive to ensure that the mainstream is not the only stream.
Homebound Publications holds a fervor for environmental conservation. Atop donating a percentage of our annual income to an Humanitarian/Ecological Charity, we are ever-mindful of our “carbon footprint”. We take steps in our printing to ensure there is no excessive use of our precious environmental resources. We endeavor to be as environmentally sustainable as possible, and will continue to raise our standards as we are able. All of our titles are printed by the leading industry provider of Print on Demand books. This means that unlike traditional publishers we do not print thousands of copies of books in advance, thus ensuring that every book printed goes directly into the hands of a reader. This saves paper. Furthermore, all our books are printed on paper with chain of custody certification from the Forest Stewardship Council, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification. This ensures that, in every step of the process, from the tree to the reader’s hands, that the paper our books are printed on has come from sustainably managed forests. We also recognize that these certifications are imperfect at best and, wherever possible, better and more responsible choices will always be made. We want to be on the forefront of a dialog about what the publishing industry will look like in an ecologically sustainable future.
What’s in a Name?
Homebound Publications’ name is derived from the idea of homecoming and the individual’s journey to find a place of belonging. Our name Homebound is meant as “bound for home” echoing the Herman Melville quote, “Life’s a voyage that’s homeward bound”.
Founder | Senior Editor: L.M. Browning
L.M. (Leslie M.) Browning grew up in a small fishing village in Connecticut. A longtime student of religion, nature and philosophy these themes permeate her work. Browning is a award-winning author and wildlife artist. In 2010 she wrote a Pushcart Prize nominated contemplative poetry series: Oak Wise: Poetry Exploring an Ecological Faith, Ruminations at Twilight: Poetry Exploring the Sacred and The Barren Plain: Poetry Exploring the Reality of the Modern Wasteland. In late 2011 she celebrated the release of her first full-length novel: The Nameless Man. Browning is a graduate of the University of London and a Fellow with the League of Conservationist Writers. She is partner at Hiraeth Press—an independent publisher of ecological titles. She is Co-Founder and Associate Editor of, Written River: A Journal of Eco-Poetics as well as Founder and Executive Editor of The Wayfarer: A Journal of Contemplative Literature. In 2011 Browning opened Homebound Publications—an independent publisher of contemplative literature based in New England. Her latest title, Fleeting Moments of Fierce Clarity: Journal of a New England Poet, is a journal of her daily contemplative life along the shores of Connecticut and her travels throughout the Northeast.
Partner and Associate Editor: Andrew Long
Andrew Long is a native son of New England. He makes his home along the coast of Rhode Island. A supporter of independent artists, Andrew has advocated for Homebound Publications since its inception. He officially came on-board as a Partner in early 2012. He aids in guiding the future direction of the press and consults in the selection of the current publication list.
Design Consultant: Jason Kirkey
Jason Kirkey is an author, poet, and the founder of Hiraeth Press. He grew up in the Ipswich River-North Atlantic Coast watershed of Massachusetts. Inspired by the landscapes in which he has lived — the temperate forests and old mountains of New England, the red rocks and high desert of Colorado, Irish hills and sea — his work is permeated with an ecological sensibility. Whether poetry or prose, Jason’s words strive toward consonance with the ecosystem. He has written four volumes of poetry, including Estuaries and a nonfiction book, The Salmon in the Spring: The Ecology of Celtic Spirituality. Jason is now working on his second non- fiction book and a graduate degree in conservation ecology. He lives in the Piedmont of North Carolina.
Associate Editor The Wayfarer Journal | Editorial Consultant: Mathew Devitt
Mathew Devitt is a native born German who spent over twenty years living in the southwestern deserts of Arizona. Possessing a deep interest in the human past, he was driven to pursue both bachelor’s (University of Arizona) and master’s (University of New Mexico) degrees in anthropology. His interests, however, are not limited to the past and he finds himself immersed in a diverse range of subjects including spirituality, philosophy, and the intersection of human culture and and technology. Today he resides in the fertile Neckar River Valley of southern Germany.