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Founded in 2011, Homebound Publications is one of the premier independent publishers in the country. It is our intention to preserve contemplative storytelling. We publish introspective works of creative non–fiction, fiction & poetry.

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We value authenticity and fresh ideas. From the submissions process where we choose our projects right down to the crafting of each finished book, we aim to produce an experience that will enrich the lives of our readers.


We greatly value the wild and invest in environmental conservation. Our books are printed on paper with chain of custody certification from the Forest Stewardship Council, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, and the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification.

Small Press, Big Ideas

We are a small press with big ideas set on publishing substance over flash. We routinely work with authors who don’t fit neatly into the corporate publishing model, giving a voice to the countless independent thinkers currently neglected by the mainstream media.

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We have a strong sense of community. Over the years, we’ve donated to and worked with countless charities from the ACLU, to OXFAM, to the Make a Wish Foundation, to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Edible Schoolyard and more.

More than a Company, We are a Community:

We Have the Power to Impact Our Future, and We’re Doing Something About It

The First 8 Years: A Letter from Press Founder, L.M. Browning

In 2011, I founded Homebound Publications in an effort to bring together a community of like-minded thinkers and see what the dialogue yielded.  I gathered my friends and the most insightful colleagues I knew and began. I didn’t know how the house would sustain itself or how anyone would even find our work—I couldn’t answer all the questions of viability from a business standpoint —but I nonetheless felt the need for the space to create and that was enough. In the beginning, I didn’t have any sense of how big the press would grow or how widely our titles would be shared. I simply carved out a space in which others could speak and share those deep thoughts they’d pondered, not because I saw the monetary profits in such an endeavor, but because I could see the benefit to the mind and soul.

I have always been an ardent believer in creative minds requiring a circle of fellows to push them. We’ve seen the prolific flow of ideas that occurs when the right community is gathered together to foster one another, whether it is in the Concord Transcendentalists, the Bloomsbury Group, or the Beat poets out in San Francisco. The discussion, the inspiration, the contemplation, and the community encourages the kind of boundary-pushing, ego destruction, and refinement of beliefs that bring about movements of change in the larger world. The circle I gathered back in 2011 has become bigger than I expected. It is composed of both reader and writer alike.

I think we all find our way through this life with the aid the communities we gather closest to us.  In these challenging times, when we all feel strained and lost, I urge you to gather your circle and keep them close. No one person knows the path forward. We chart the way together. I am grateful to you—our readers and contributors—for making the journey with us for the last eight years. I hope you’ll continue with us for many more to come. There is a great deal more to explore and discuss.

With Gratitude


Leslie M. Browning

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Inspiring Syn | The Story Behind Beth Kander’s Latest Novel

Inspiring Syn | The Story Behind Beth Kander’s Latest Novel

Inspiring Syn:  We recently sat down with Beth Kander to ask her the inspiration behind her latest work, Original Syn, now available through our sci-fi imprint, Owl House Books. As an author and playwright, people often ask me “Where do you get...

The Bouquet of the Last Direction by Frank LaRue Owen

The Bouquet of the Last Direction by Frank LaRue Owen

The Bouquet of the Last Direction by Frank LaRue Owen Winner 2017 Homebound Publications Poetry Prize  When the soul becomes unburdened it's like a new saddle on a fresh horse. Suddenly the trail feels right again, and the strong horizon line...

One a Day by Gunilla Norris

One a Day by Gunilla Norris

an excerpt from Companions on the Way by Gunilla Norris There is no book that talks about spiritual and heart-full practices that does not include gratitude as central. It’s not hard to see that when we are given something, and truly receive it, our response will be...

To Be Thankful by Heidi Barr

To Be Thankful by Heidi Barr

I think it annoys God if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it. –Alice Walker   an excerpt from Woodland Mantiou by Heidi Barr It was late fall the year that my daughter was eight months old and didn’t care for the practice of...

The Mainstream: Going back to the Source

The Mainstream: Going back to the Source

by Heidi Barr, author of Woodland Manitou   I walk through the tall grass toward the place where the water bubbles out of the ground, cold as ice and clear as fresh air.  To get here, you have to drive down a winding back road and pull off ot the side of it to...

Writing the Quotidian by Iris Graville

Writing the Quotidian by Iris Graville

Writing the Quotidian by Iris Graville, author of Hiking Naked   Quotidian.  I read that word in an essay I critiqued during my first semester in my MFA program. I had to look it up.  Ironically, it’s a fancy word for something that’s not, well, very fancy. ...

Little Bound Books is an imprint of Homebound Publications devoted to the short form. We publish chapbook fiction, nonfiction and personal essays. 

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Little Bound Books is an imprint of Homebound Publications devoted to the short form. We publish chapbook fiction, creative nonfiction, and personal essay.

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Owl House Books is an imprint specializing in  genre fiction: science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and thriller.

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Episode 2: Hermits, Poets & Trailblazers

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In this episode we venture to New Mexico with bestselling author Gunilla Norris, explore climate change with poet/co-host L.M. Browning, roam the streets of Paris with award-winning novelist Eric D. Lehman, and strike a chord of the heart with Adam Christoferson, founder of Musical Intervention in New Haven, CT!

Explore our Magazine:  Since 2012, The Wayfarer has been offering literature, interviews, and art with the intention to inspires our readers, enrich their lives, and highlight the power for agency and change-making that each individual holds.

By our definition, a wayfarer is one whose inner compass is ever-oriented to truth, wisdom, healing, and beauty in their own wandering. The Wayfarer’s mission as a publication is to foster a community of contemplative voices and provide readers with resources and perspectives that support them in their own journey.

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The Water Protectors of Standing Rock: A Mosaic of Voices from the Movement 

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