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. My wife’s name is Ariel Root Wolpe. She’s studying to be a rabbi, and she’s quite a songbird.
I’m employee #86 at Burning Man Project, working on the Comm Team as the publisher, and it’s my dream job. My playa name is Argus, and my first Burn was in 2008. In the past, I’ve worked at ReadWrite, Neighborhood 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’m not taking so much client work anymore due to the Burning Man job, but I’m consulting pro bono for my friend Jon Ossoff, who is running for Congress in Georgia.
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’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