Poet Reginald Dwayne Betts read on Wednesday, February 10, at 6 pm at the UConn Coop Bookstore in Storrs Center.
Betts grew up in Suitland, Maryland. He has authored two books of poetry, Bastards of the Reagan Era and Shahid Reads His Own Palm. He also wrote the memoir A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison, in which he recounts and reflects on his experience of nearly a decade of imprisonment following a carjacking that he participated in as a teenager. It was awarded the 2010 NAACP Image Award for nonfiction.
In addition to many other awards and recognitions, in 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Betts to the Coordinating 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.