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Dwayne Betts Cancelled

This author has cancelled their attendance with the Festival.

Mr. Betts is appearing courtesy of the American Friends Services Committee

Reginald Dwayne Betts is a husband and the father of two sons, a memoirist, and a poet whose latest collection, "Bastards of the Reagan Era," was published in 2015 to high acclaim. His first collection of poems, "Shahid Reads His Own Palm" (2010), won the Beatrice Hawley Award. Betts' memoir, "A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison" (2009) was the recipient of the 2010 NAACP Image Award for nonfiction. His writing has also led to a Pushcart Prize, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and a Soros Justice Fellowship. In addition to his writing, Betts 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 recently graduated from Yale Law School and is a public defender in Connecticut.

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Scheduled events:
A Conversation on Segregated Spaces
Join us for a conversation exploring the many ways in which racially segregated spaces are constructed through language, law, and culture in the United States and beyond.

Social & Behavioral Sciences Tent (Seats 100, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Signing Area - Social & Behavioral Sciences Tent (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Dwayne Betts Cancelled, Jeff Chang, Jennifer Roth-Gordon, Tyina Steptoe
Moderator: Maribel Alvarez
Poetry and Prison
Sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee, Reginald Dwayne Betts and Richard Shelton discuss their experiences teaching and learning creative writing in prison and the transformative power of poetry.

Social & Behavioral Sciences Tent (Seats 100, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Signing Area - Social & Behavioral Sciences Tent (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Dwayne Betts Cancelled, Richard Shelton
Moderator: Ken Lamberton
Poetry Reading with Alison Deming and Reginald Dwayne Betts
UA English faculty member and Guggenheim Fellow Alison Deming is the author of "Stairway to Heaven." NAACP Image Award winner Reginald Dwayne Betts is the author of “Bastards of the Reagan Era.”

Student Union Kiva (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Poetry
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Student Union Kiva (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Dwayne Betts Cancelled, Alison Hawthorne Deming
Moderator: Sarah Kortemeier

Books:
Bastards of the Reagan Era
Poetry
Four Way Press
September 2015
ISBN 9781935536659
Paperback, 84 pages
$15.95, INSTORE
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Bastards of the Reagan Era challenges and confronts many of the difficult realities that frame America

A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Avery
May 2010
ISBN 9781583333969
Paperback, 240 pages
$17.00, INSTORE
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At the age of 16, Betts carjacked a man, and within a matter of minutes he had committed six felonies. More/less

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