P. Carl

As a social justice advocate who has lived most of my life as a queer white woman and felt the discrimination that comes with that subject position, what does it mean to inhabit white masculinity at this time in our history?

2017 art of change fellowship

berlin prize fellowship






He writes with the directness and intimacy we yearn to encounter in conversation. Becoming a Man is a memoir that is jolting, honest, passionate and beautifully written.
— Claudia Rankine
Deeply personal and moving...will captivate readers from the first page to the last.
Publisher's Weekly
Carl’s memoir might not give all the answers or provide a simple antidote to hate and discrimination. But art, he says, can convey the nuances and intricacies of identity and lived experience. It is the necessary vehicle to understand each other’s different bodily realities, in a time when so many bodies, be they black, female, trans*, non-binary or immigrant bodies, are under attack. P. Carl’s upcoming book promises to be such a piece of art. While his writing is undoubtedly political, it is his poetic style that allows him to encapsulate his experience so effectively, beautifully and empathetically.

P. Carl is a Distinguished Artist in Residence, Department of Performing Arts, at Emerson College in Boston. He was awarded a 2017 Art of Change Fellowship from the Ford Foundation, the Berlin Prize fellowship from the American Academy for the Fall of 2018, the Andrew W. Mellon Creative Research Residency at the University of Washington, and the Anschutz Fellowship at Princeton for spring of 2020. His forthcoming memoir, Becoming a Man, will be published by Simon & Schuster in January 2020.

His most recent work as a dramaturg includes Claudia Rankine’s The White Card. He is the co-founder of Howlround, a free and open platform for theater-makers worldwide that amplifies progressive ideas about the art form and facilitates connection between diverse practitioners.

Operating from the core belief that theater is for everyone, Carl seeks to use the power of live performance in concert with opportunities for international dialogue and activism to foster personal and political transformation through the shared experience of art. Discussing the founding of Howlround, Carl notes: "When you open the door, when you say anyone’s welcome, a lot of people who haven't felt welcome come through.”

In an interview with WBUR in Boston, Carl reflected on his career in theatre: “I think you could see, in my career, a commitment to social justice and activism. … The questions of equity and inclusion — those questions are the ‘whys’ of theater. In the career I've put together, I've not lost any of those passions."

Carl received a Bachelor's degree in English Literature and a Masters in Peace Studies from Notre Dame, and holds a PhD in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society from the University of Minnesota. He has spent time in Florida working to organize union farm workers, and in south central LA working at a clinic of Central American refugees.  Born in Elkhart, Indiana, he now lives in Boston with his spouse, the writer Lynette D'Amico, and their dogs Lenny Obama and Sonny.



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