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Reginald Dwayne Betts

April 15 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

About the Author:

REGINALD DWAYNE BETTS is a poet and lawyer. A 2021 MacArthur Fellow, he is the Executive Director of Freedom Reads, a not-for-profit organization that is radically transforming the access to literature in prisons through the installation of Freedom Libraries in prisons across this country.

For more than twenty-years, he has used his poetry and essays to explore the world of prison and the effects of violence and incarceration on American society. The author of a memoir and three collections of poetry, he has transformed his latest collection of poetry, the American Book Award winning Felon, into a solo theater show that explores the post incarceration experience and lingering consequences of a criminal record through poetry, stories, and engaging with the timeless and transcendental art of paper-making.

In 2019, Betts won the National Magazine Award in the Essays and Criticism category for his New York Times Magazine essay that chronicles his journey from prison to becoming a licensed attorney. He has been awarded a Radcliffe Fellowship from Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Emerson Fellow at New America, and most recently a Civil Society Fellow at Aspen. Betts holds a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Details

Date:
April 15
Time:
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Event Category:
Website:
https://writing.upenn.edu/wh/calendar/0424.php

Venue

The Kelly Writers House
3805 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Organizer

the Center for Africana Studies