Don Mitchell

Don Mitchell is a writer, book designer, and photographer who specializes in ecological anthropology. He was born and raised in Hilo, Hawai'i, and graduated from Hilo High School. He got a PhD in anthropology from Harvard after studying anthropology, evolutionary biology, and creative writing at Stanford. In the 1960s and 1970s, he lived among the Nagovisi people of Bougainville for several years before returning in 2001 after Bougainville's secession war. He was a professor of anthropology at Buffalo State, a branch of the State University of New York, for many years.

He was a passionate marathon and ultra-marathon runner, as well as a professional road race timer (running Runtime Services for 25 years). He continues to cover huge distances on foot, albeit at a much slower pace. Before returning to his childhood home in Hilo, where he resided with poet Ruth Thompson, he lived in Buffalo and then Colden, New York. They relocated to Ithaca, New York, in 2020.

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