Jon Mitchell, writer and musician
I’ve been writing stories, singing songs, and drawing pictures ever since I was little. Since my parents brought home their first Mac, I’ve had a thing for computers. So far, I’ve managed to keep up with all those things.
I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Paideia School taught me everything I needed to know. I graduated from Brown University in 2009, completing an independent concentration in Music & Mind. That taught me all kinds of things I didn’t need to know, but I’m glad I do.
After Atlanta and Providence, I lived in Portland, Oregon and the San Francisco Bay Area. Now I live in Los Angeles, California. I’ve been trudging down a spiritual path taking many detours, and lately I think I’m getting somewhere.
To make ends meet, I provide writing, editing, and content strategy support for clients through my consulting agency, Ablaze Interactions. I’m currently working in-house for Burning Man as managing editor. Before going solo, I worked at ReadWrite, Neighborhood Notes, and NewsTrust.
I’ve had a few personal projects since I left ReadWrite. First I built a publication called The Daily Portal with the help of some friends. I published the first issue on May 7, 2013. It ran for 12 issues, and there may be more someday. I felt accomplished enough having built and shipped the site, and I needed a longer break from full-time blogging than that, so I took one.
My first book is called In Real Life: Searching for Connection in High-Tech Times. It was published on February 10, 2015 by Parallax Press, an international nonprofit publisher founded by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the world’s most beloved Buddhist teachers.
I’m still working on my craft. I haven’t quite figured out my message or my language yet, but I’m having fun experimenting.