Reginald Dwayne Betts

Reginald Dwayne Betts (photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths)Reginald Dwayne Betts is a writer and poet. Four Way Books will publish his latest collection of poems, Bastards of the Reagan Era, in the fall of 2015. His first collection of poems, Shahid Reads His Own Palm, won the Beatrice Hawley Award. His memoir, A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison, was the recipient of the 2010 NAACP Image Award for non-fiction. His writing has also led to a Soros Justice Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, a Ruth Lily Fellowship, and a Pushcart Prize. In addition to his writing, Dwayne serves as the national spokesperson for the Campaign for Youth Justice and was appointed to the Coordinating Council of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention by President Barack Obama. He is currently a student at Yale Law School.

Participation at the 2015 West End Poetry Festival

  • The Intersection of Poetry and Politics | Saturday, October 17 | noon to 1:15 pm | Century Center

For a full schedule and descriptions of all sessions, see the festival schedule.