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Paul Schmelzer

Paul Schmelzer is a Minneapolis-based writer and editor. Focused on the intersection of art, media, and social change, he's written for publications including Adbusters,, Art in America, Hyperallergic, Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, and Utne Reader, among others. His interviews with architect Cameron Sinclair, artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, and activist Winona La Duke appear in the book Land, Art: A Cultural Ecology Handbook (Royal Society of Arts). As editor of Walker Reader, he conceived of key publishing efforts including Artist Op-Eds, Soundboard, and The Year According To, our series of year-end lists. He was lead organizer and co-emcee of the Walker's 2015 conference Superscript: Arts Journalism and Criticism in a Digital Age. In his spare time, he's been known to ask celebrities, from Yoko Ono and Noam Chomsky to Rep. John Lewis and Kim Gordon, to sign his autograph.