Francis Visiting Writers Series: REGINALD DWAYNE BETTS

Event time: 
Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Branford College (BR ), Common Room See map
74 High Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Calendar Speaker/Performer: 
Reginald Dwayne Betts
Event description: 

Poet and memoirist Reginald Dwayne Betts will read from his just-out poetry collection, FELON, which focuses on the aftermath of his prison experience, and answer questions about his work, his life, and the long-term effects of incarceration. After serving eight years for a car-jacking committed at sixteen, Betts attended Yale School and won both the 2010 NAACP Image Award for his memoir, A QUESTION OF FREEDOM, and the National Magazine Award for his “New York Times Magazine” article “Getting Out.” Michiko Kakutani has called his work “fierce, lyrical and unsparing” and praised his ability to convey “the visceral effect that prison has on identity.”