Jon Irwin is feigning optimism

Writer and Teacher in Atlanta, Georgia

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I teach and write and eat and play.

For nearly two decades I've written about culture (popular and otherwise) for local, national, and international publications.

I'd love to write for yours.

My work has been featured at The Atlantic, Billboard Magazine, Variety, Men's Health, Inverse, Paste, Polygon, Longreads, The Washington Post, and more.

From 2011 to 2016, I contributed to Kill Screen, an arts & culture company interested in telling the world why games matter. Find out why here.

My first book, Super Mario Bros. 2, came out in Fall 2014. Learn more here.

Past homes include: Detroit, MI; Ann Arbor, MI; Melbourne, AUS; Lille, FRA; Portland, ME; and Boston, MA.

I now live outside Atlanta, GA with my wife, our two sons, a tuxedo cat named Sammy, and a mutt named Maxine.

  • Work
    • Adjunct Faculty
  • Education
    • B.A. in English from University of Michigan
    • M.F.A. in Nonfiction from Emerson College