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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, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Los Angeles, with a one-year stint in Jerusalem for the 2016–2017 school year. Now I live in Philadelphia. I’ve been trudging down a spiritual path taking many detours, and lately I think I’m getting somewhere. I’m married to Rabbi Ariel Root Wolpe. 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.

I am the chief of Ablaze Interactions, a consulting agency where I provide information architecture, content strategy, writing and editing for clients working to repair our world. Hire me! I am also the editor of the Inside Apple newsletter for Inside.com.

For five years, I worked on the Burning Man Project Communications Team as the publisher. Before that, I worked at ReadWriteNeighborhood Notes, and NewsTrust.

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