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Paul Schmelzer

Editor and Senior Writer, Division of Communications

Editor at the Carleton Voice since June 2023, Paul seeks out compelling stories about the college’s unique past, diverse student present, and accomplished alumni, as well as the myriad social, political, and historical issues Carleton intersects with around the country and the globe.

An arts writer and former journalist, he has served as editor at the Walker Art Center (1997–2007, 2011–2020), the Minnesota Independent (2006–2011), and the American Independent News Network (2010–2011). A former editor at Adbusters magazine (2003–2005), his writings have been published by, Art in America, Hyperallergic, Huffington Post, the National Gallery of Art, The Progressive, Raw Vision, and Utne Reader, among others, as well as books including Land, Art: A Cultural Ecology Handbook (Royal Society of Arts) and Ficciones Typografika 1642: Typographic Exploration in a Public Space (Formist). In 2020, he launched The Ostracon, an experimental arts writing platform, with writer-curator Nicole J. Caruth, funded in part by an Arts Writers Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. A graduate of St. John’s University, he was a member of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation’s 2019 Shannon Leadership Institute cohort.