Paul Holdengräber

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Paul Holdengräber
Born (1960-03-15) March 15, 1960 (age 56)
Houston, Texas, United States
Residence Brooklyn, New York, United States
Citizenship United States
Alma mater Université Catholique de Louvain
Religion Judaism[1]
Spouse(s) Wife
Children Two boys

Paul Holdengräber (born March 15, 1960) is an American interviewer, curator and writer, known for organizing literary conversations for the New York Public Library's public program series Live from the New York Public Library. Since February 2012, he has hosted The Paul Holdengräber Show on the Intelligent Channel on YouTube.

Early life[edit]

Holdengräber was born in Houston, Texas, on March 15, 1960, to Austrian parents who had fled to Haiti during World War II. The family soon returned to Europe and settled in Brussels, Belgium.[citation needed]

Holdengräber received a bachelor's degree from the Catholic University of Louvain, in Belgium, and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Princeton University.[2]


Los Angeles County Museum of Art[edit]

Before founding Live from the NYPL, Holdengräber was the founder and director of the Institute for Arts and Culture at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with the idea "to challenge the perception that museums are nothing more than mausoleums for Old Masters". Under Holdengräber's direction, the institute became an active and lively forum for debate with its ambitious lecture series in which painters, poets, performers, writers and thinkers address critical cultural issues through lively talks, discussions and performances.[2]

New York Public Library[edit]

In 2004, Holdengräber founded Live from the NYPL, a conversation series with writers, musicians, filmmakers and artists.[2] As the director of Live from the NYPL, Holdengräber has interviewed hundreds of public personalities, including Patti Smith, Zadie Smith, and Anish Kapoor.  He has worked in partnership with such organizations as Rolex, The Moth, and PEN World Voices.[3]

The Paul Holdengräber Show[edit]

Holdengräber's internet-television talk show, The Paul Holdengräber Show premiered on YouTube's Intelligent Channel on February 3, 2012.[4] The show has featured interviews with Colum McCann, Elizabeth Gilbert and David Chang.


He has taught at Princeton University, Williams College, the University of Miami and Claremont Graduate University.[2]


Holdengräber's 2007 interview with Herzog was published in Brick magazine,[5] and he has blogged for The Huffington Post.[6] Fluent in four languages, Holdengräber has also written essays and articles for journals in France, Germany, Spain and the United States.[2] The Paul Holdengräber Show is regularly featured on The Daily Beast.[7]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2003, the French Government awarded Holdengräber the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.[8]

In 2010, the Austrian president decorated him with the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Holdengräber lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and two sons.[citation needed]

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