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Poet Reginald Dwayne Betts

Reception begins at 5:30 pm. Program begins at 6:30 pm.

Reginald Dwayne Betts transformed himself from a sixteen-year-old kid sentenced to nine years in prison to a critically acclaimed writer and graduate of the Yale Law School. He is the author of three volumes of poetry, including his most recent, Felon, winner of the NAACP Image Award. His writing interrogates and challenges our notions of justice. An in-demand speaker, Betts shares his own experiences and the role that grit, perseverance, and literature played in his success. He also lectures on mass incarceration, contemporary poetry, and the intersection of literature and advocacy. His writing and activism have generated national attention, earning him a Soros Justice Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, a Ruth Lily Fellowship, and a New America Fellowship.

Presented by Arts at Queens and Charlotte Center for Literary Arts for the 4X4CLT Poster Release, Betts' poetry reading is preceded by an artist talk by Barbara Ellis, whose art is featured on the posters. 

The registration link provides access to tickets and more information for this partnered event. Masks are required. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required. 
Student registration (scholarship tickets are free). Public registration ($10 for individual admission; $20 for a “Buy One, Give One” ticket)

Author photo credit: Mamadi Doumbouya

Friday, September 9, 2022 at 6:30pm

Sarah Belk Gambrell Center for the Arts and Civic Engagement, Sandra Levine Theatre
2319 Wellesley Ave, Charlotte, NC 28207

Event Type

Arts at Queens, Literary Arts, Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement

Target Audience

Students, Faculty & Staff, Alumni, General Public




Free tickets for Queens students, $10 individual ticket, $20 “Buy One, Give One” ticket

Arts at Queens, English Department

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