Reginald Dwayne Betts is a husband and father of two sons. 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 April 2012, President
Obama appointed Betts to the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Prevention. 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:
A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison (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 every day lives of Americans who have not committed crimes.
He received his B.A. from the University of Maryland.
Biography adapted from http://www.rdwaynebetts.com.
Convocation Weekend Schedule of Events
Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 7:00pm
Dwayne will visit Murfreesboro's Linebaugh Library for a book signing and to speak to the community book clubs that will be reading the book.
Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 2:00pm
The Distinguished Lecture Committee has invited Dwayne to speak at MTSU's University
It is the kick off of the new school year and all MTSU students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff are invited to attend.