Reginald Dwayne Betts

Poet; Author, A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison

Reginald Dwayne Betts is a poet and author. His latest collection of poetry, Bastards of the Reagan Era, was published in October 2015. His memoir, A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison, won the NAACP Image Award. He also composed the poetry collection Shahid Reads His Own Palm. Betts is a recipient of fellowships from Soros Justice Foundation, Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies, and the Poetry Foundation. In 2012, President Obama appointed Betts to the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, where he continues to serve as a practitioner member. He is a student at Yale Law School.

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Clint Smith and Reginald Dwayne Betts work at the crossroads of multiple disciplines. Both men have pursued graduate... See more
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