Mitch Horowitz is a writer, publisher, and lecturer of many years’ experience with a lifelong interest in man’s search for meaning. He is vice-president and executive editor at TarherPerigee, a division of Penguin Random House, and the author of One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life (Crown 2014), and Occult America (Bantam), received the 2010 PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for literary excellence.
Mitch has discussed the history and impact of alternative spirituality on CBS Sunday Morning, Dateline NBC, All Things Considered, Discovery Channel, History Channel, Travel Channel, Big Think, Sundance Channel, The Montel Williams Show, and Coast to Coast AM, among many other national media outlets. He appears in recent mini-documentaries on the history of positive thinking; Ouija Boards; and occult New York.
His writing on alternative spiritual topics has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Salon, Politico, Time.com, CNN.com, and CNBC.com, among others. He is a monthly columnist for Science of Mind magazine
Mitch frequently speaks at art spaces, universities, spiritual centers, and public libraries, including The Esalen Institute, The New York Public Library, the Oakland (CA) Public Library, The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, New York University, The San Francisco Writers Conference, 92YTribeca, The Association for Research and Enlightenment (Virginia Beach, VA), The Rhine Research Center (Durham, NC), and at arts spaces including the The Rubin Museum of Art (NY), Morbid Anatomy Museum (Brooklyn), and the Flagler Museum (FL). Time Out magazine has called his Occult New York Walking Tours a “can’t-miss event.”
At TarcherPerigee Mitch has published some of today’s leading titles in world religion, esoterica, and the metaphysical, including the work of David Lynch, Jacob Needleman, Gary Lachman, Jeffery J. Kripal, Whitley Strieber, Jacques Vallee, and Richard Smoley. His list has exposed new readers to classics of the metaphysical tradition through lines such as Tarcher Cornerstone Editions and Tarcher Success Classics, and through the republication of a wide range of esoterica, including the popular “Reader’s Edition” of Manly P. Hall’s The Secret Teachings of All Ages.
Mitch narrates numerous audio books, including The Condensed Classics Library for Gildan Media, and works such as Alcoholics Anonymous (PRH Audio), The Jefferson Bible (PRH Audio), and the essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson (Gildan). He hosts the web series ORIGINS: SUPERSTITIONS and the forthcoming talk show One Simple Idea for the New Thought Channel.
Philosopher Jacob Needleman has written: “In over thirty years of writing books and having dealt with numerous editors from many major publishers, I have never met an editor with the spiritual intelligence and intellectual sensitivity to the meaning of religion that Mr. Horowitz has shown … His pioneering work in publishing can serve as a model for others who until now have been somewhat marginalized by what has been termed the ‘secular establishment’.”
Mitch and wife raise two sons in New York City.
Email Mitch at: email@example.com