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. Since 2014, I’ve lived in Los Angeles, California, with a nine-month stint in Jerusalem during the 2016–2017 school year. I’ve been trudging down a spiritual path taking many detours, and lately I think I’m getting somewhere. I’m married to Ariel Root Wolpe. She’s studying to be a rabbi, and she’s quite a songbird. We have a baby daughter who is the light of our lives.

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 Thích Nhất Hạnh, one of the world’s most beloved Buddhist teachers. Now I write a daily-ish blog about meditation called Grind Well.

I’m employee #86 at Burning Man Project. I work on the Communications Team as the publisher. My playa name is Argus, and my first Burn was in 2008. In the past, I’ve worked at ReadWriteNeighborhood Notes, and NewsTrust.

I also have a consulting agency, Ablaze Interactions, where I do information architecture, content strategy, writing and editing for clients who want to repair our world.

I released my first full-length record, Portal, on Feburary 25, 2014. My second — You I Wewith my band, ŞຖคiliคŞ — came out December 8, 2016. I always have various music projects cooking.

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.

Photo by John Curley