Spotlight on Reginald Dwayne Betts, Advanced Seminar Faculty Member

Spend five days studying and practicing the craft of writing poetry at the Advanced Seminar, August 8 – 13, 2012!

This year the seminar will be directed by Patrick Donnelly and led by faculty members Reginald Dwayne Betts and Diane Seuss.

Enjoy Reginald Dwayne Betts’ bio here and stay tuned for more news from the Frost Place!


Reginald Dwayne Betts is a husband and a father of a young son. As a poet, essayist and national spokesperson for the Campaign for Youth Justice, Betts writes and lectures about the impact of mass incarceration on American society. In 2011 Betts was awarded a Radcliffe Fellowship to Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies. The author of the memoir, A Question of Freedom (Avery/Penguin, 2009) and the collection of poetry, Shahid Reads His Own Palm (Alice James Books, 2010), Betts’ work possesses a careful, complicated and often difficult-to-confront intimacy that challenges conventional ideas about crime, masculinity and redemption. In 2010 he was awarded an NAACP Image Award for A Question of Freedom, and a Soros Justice Fellowship to complete The Circumference of a Prison, a work of nonfiction exploring the criminal justice system’s role in the everyday lives of Americans who have not committed crimes.


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