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An Evening of Poetry with Reginald Dwayne Betts

February 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


A critically acclaimed poet, scholar, and graduate of Yale Law School, Reginald Dwayne Betts draws on his personal experience with incarceration to work across diverse literary forms and advocacy projects for reform of the criminal justice system.


Confined as an adolescent in the worst prisons in the state of Virginia, Reginald Dwayne Betts became a poet, a scholar, and an advocate for the reform of the criminal justice system. He is the author of a memoir, “A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison,” and four acclaimed collections of poetry, including one collaboration with visual artist Titus Kaphar. Writes poet Mark Doty of “Bastards of the Reagan Era,” “Betts has written an indelible lament for a generation”; while Sujatha Baliga, director of the Restorative Justice Project, says of “Felon”: “[Betts’s] compassion and breathtaking literary gifts make it impossible for us to look away or remain complicit in mass criminalization’s status quo.” In 2019, Betts won the National Magazine Award in the Essays and Criticism category for a New York Times Magazine essay on his journey from prison to becoming a licensed attorney. He is also the founder of Freedom Reads, a first-of-its-kind organization working to radically transform access to literature in prison.


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February 26
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


College of the Holy Cross


Luth Concert Hall, Prior Performance Center
1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610 United States
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