Spring 2020 Anschutz Lecture: P. Carl

Feb 11, 2020, 4:30 pm6:00 pm
East Pyne Hall, Room 010


  • Program in American Studies
  • Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater
Event Description
P. Carl

P. Carl. Photo by Asia Kepka

About the Lecture

I will be reading from my newly released book Becoming a Man: The Story of a Transition. The memoir covers the personal, political, and intellectual consequences of becoming a white man in 2017 after a lifetime of being treated like a woman and experiencing the discrimination of daring to live with ambition and conviction. For my lecture, I will focus on my evolving relationship to gender theory and how it coincides and conflicts with my own embodied experience living a trans life in three dimensions.

P. Carl

P. Carl, the Spring 2020 Anschutz Distinguished Fellow in American Studies at Princeton University, is a nonfiction writer and distinguished artist in residence at Emerson College in Boston. He was awarded the Berlin Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in 2018, the Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship in 2017, and the Andrew W. Mellon Creative Research Residency at the University of Washington. He is the founder of the online journal HowlRound, and past dramaturg and producer for multiple theater projects over the past 20 years. His first book, Becoming a Man: The Story of a Transition (Simon & Schuster, 2020), is now available. His work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe and Lit Hub. He is currently working on the stage adaptation of Becoming a Man, commissioned by American Repertory Theater, Diane Paulus directing. He is an avid swimmer, mountain climber, dog lover and resides in Boston with his wife, writer Lynette D’Amico.