Dwayne Betts

Reginald Dwayne Betts is a seminal voice for American prison reform and a bestselling author and poet. 

His latest collection of poetry, Bastards of the Reagan Era, was published in October 2015 by Four Way Books. He has also published a memoir, the NAACP Image Award winning A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison, and the collection of poetry, Shahid Reads His Own Palm. Betts is a recipient of fellowships from Soros Justice Foundation, Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies, and the Poetry Foundation

In 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Betts to the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, where he continues to serve as a practitioner member. He received a B.A. from the University of Maryland, an M.F.A. from Warren Wilson College’s M.F.A. Program for Writers and is currently a student at the Yale Law School.

Reginald Dwayne Betts is a seminal voice for American prison reform and a bestselling author and poet. 

His latest collection of poetry, Bastards of the Reagan Era, was published in October 2015 by Four Way Books. He has also published a memoir, the NAACP Image Award winning A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison, and the collection of poetry, Shahid Reads His Own Palm. Betts is a recipient of fellowships from Soros Justice Foundation, Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies, and the Poetry Foundation

In 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Betts to the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, where he continues to serve as a practitioner member. He received a B.A. from the University of Maryland, an M.F.A. from Warren Wilson College’s M.F.A. Program for Writers and is currently a student at the Yale Law School.