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Reginald Dwayne Betts Poetry Reading

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Storrs Campus
Coop Bookstore, Storrs Center

Reginald Dwayne Betts is the author of two books of poetry, Bastards of the Reagan Era and Shahid Reads His Own Palm, and the memoir A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison, in which he recounts his experience of nearly a decade of imprisonment following a carjacking he participated in as a teenager. A Question of Freedom won the 2010 NAACP Image Award for nonfiction. In addition, Betts was named a 2010 Soros Justice Fellow and, in 2011, was awarded a fellowship by Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Other recognitions include a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Holden Fellowship from Warren Wilson College, and a fellowship from the Cave Canem Foundation. In 2012, President Barack Obama appointed him to the Cordinating Council of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Betts received an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College and is currently a student at Yale Law School. This event is free and open to the public.


English Department (primary), African American Cultural Center, Africana Studies Institute, Political Science, UConn Master Calendar

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