Chasing Eden

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Listen to The Writer’s Voice

The Habit of Turning the World Upside Down

Listen to Howard and Prof. Paul Searls discussing Romaine Tenney on Vermont Public Radio’s Vermont Edition. Fifty-five years ago, farmer Romaine Tenney set fire to his barns and farmhouse, with himself inside, after his land was seized by the state to make way for Interstate 91. Now Vermont is planning a permanent memorial. Listen here.

Listen to an interview on NHPR’s The Exchange. 
Listen to Howard reading from The Habit of Turning the World Upside Down
Listen to Robert H. Thomas, property lawyer and professor, interviewing Howard.
Listen to two episodes of the Infrastructure Junkies Podcast  
Second episode.

Summer Over Autumn

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Watch Chronicle, WMUR-TV.
Listen to a short interview on NHPR’s Bookshelf

The Same Ax, Twice on the TEDx stage.

Dwelling in Possibility

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Listen to an interview on NHPR’s The Exchange
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Listen to an interview on KERA’s Think
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Reviews of Dwelling in Possibility

Carlo Rotella, The Boston Globe

Will Morgan, Design New England, The Boston Globe

— Colleen Mondor,

— Leslie Thatcher, Truthout

— Joan Silverman, Maine Sunday Telegram

Interview with The Wire, Portsmouth, NH:  “Dwelling in Possibility isn’t a guide to de-cluttering a home (though Mansfield does write about clutter), nor does it offer step-by-step instructions on how to make a place, whether private or public, feel homey. Instead, it invites the reader to dream about different houses, different lives, and different times and places. It’s a book about being, not doing.”

Gwarlingo. Definition?
* A thoughtfully curated journal of contemporary art that combines all art forms & dispenses with unnecessary jargon
* A place for readers to get experienced advice about process, business, & the challenges of the creative life
* (And literally…) A Welsh word for the rushing sound a grandfather clock makes before it strikes.

Gwarlingo is where you can join the 40,000 readers who follow Michelle Aldredge’s colorful, thoughtful writing about the arts.  She recently wrote about Dwelling in Possibility.  Read her fine story here.

From an interview I did with Book Notes New Hampshire:  Occasional notes on New Hampshire’s book community from the Director of the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library:

What’s the best piece of advice (writing or otherwise) you were ever given?
      Go ahead and fail. In college my friends and I read E. B. White. His impressive collected essays had just been published. We admired his work; it set a high standard. One day my best friend came back from the library where he had been reading about the essayist and told me that White had spent time researching a story about the United Nations when it was new, but he had set it aside.
     That was a small revelation. Even E. B. White had started stories he didn’t finish. It’s an important lesson. If you’re going to follow your curiosity there will be many dead ends and wrong turns, but that’s all part of exploring the world.

The Allure of the Shed: A Short Excerpt from Dwelling in Possibility. Read it in New Hampshire Magazine, September 2013.


Turn and Jump, Listen to a short interview on NPR’s Weekend Edition

Turn and Jump, The Wall Street Journal

Turn and Jump, Englewood Review

Turn and Jump, Books and Culture: A Christian Review

Turn and Jump: C-SPAN Book TV

The Bones of the Earth : The Utne Reader

The Bones of the Earth : The Paula Gordon Show

Hogwood Steps Out

In the Memory House : New Hampshire Public Radio

The Same Ax, Twice : The Paula Gordon Show

The Same Ax, Twice : The New York Times Book Review