Porsha Olayiwola is a writer, educator, performer, activist and soon-to-be bookstore proprietor. Her published collection of poetry is titled “i shimmer sometimes, too.” She is both a world and national poetry slam champion and since 2019 has served as the Poet Laureate of Boston, promoting poetry throughout the city on what she has described as a platform of “radical love.” Today on The Culture Show, she joined host Jared Bowen to share a reading and discussion of her work.

From there, theater artist P Carl is here to talk about seeing a transitional moment in his life brought to life by way of the new play, “Becoming a Man.” Carl first wrote his acclaimed memoir of the same name while reflecting on his journey to self-realization through his gender transition. In the book, he takes readers through the complex emotions, realities and conflicts that surfaced while examining how becoming a man affected his identity, his place in the world and his relationships including his marriage.

Now, Carl has adapted the story for the stage, co-directing a theatrical production currently running as a world premiere at the American Repertory Theater alongside Diane Paulus. “Becoming a Man” runs through March 10. Carl joins The Culture Show today to talk about his personal and professional journey.

Finally, a frightful film festival in Worcester promises to scare you out of the winter blues. This Sunday at Mechanics Hall, the Dead of Winter Horror Festival will show short films across the scariness spectrum produced right here in New England. Festival organizers John Keough and founder Manny Alvarado share a sneak peek of the big event.

It's all on The Culture Show — listen to the full episode above!