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Reginald Dwayne Betts is an American poet, memoirist, and teacher. He was born on November 5, 1980 in Washington, D.C. He is the author of several books, including A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison, which won the 2010 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. He is also the author of the poetry collections Shahid Reads His Own Palm and Bastards of the Reagan Era. Betts is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, and Yale Law School. He is a former Soros Justice Fellow and a recipient of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship. He is currently a professor at the University of New Haven and a lecturer at Yale Law School. Betts has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic. He has also appeared on NPR, MSNBC, and PBS. He is the founder of the Million Book Project, a nonprofit organization that provides books to incarcerated people.

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Occupation Poet, Teacher, Lawyer
Age 43 years old
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Born 5 November 1980
Birthday 5 November
Birthplace Maryland, U.S.
Nationality American

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In 2018, he was working as a consultant for the podcast series "Caught: The Lives of Juvenile Justice", produced by WNYC, which explores cases of children and adolescents who find themselves in the criminal justice system, and the circumstances surrounding their lives and legal cases.

In 2018 he was chosen to be a writing fellow for PEN America's Writing for Justice Fellowship.


In 2017, his Only Once I Thought About Suicide received the Israel H. Perez Prize for best student comment appearing in the Yale Law Journal.


Speaking at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest in 2016, he said: "I was in solitary confinement.... You could call out for a book and someone would slide one to you. Frequently, you would not know who gave it to you. Somebody slid The Black Poets edited by Dudley Randall. In that book I read Robert Hayden for the first time, Sonia Sanchez, Lucille Clifton. I saw the poet as not just utilitarian but as serving art. In a poem you can give somebody a whole world. Before that, I had thought of being a writer, writing mostly essays and maybe, one day, a novel. But at that moment I decided to become a poet."

In 2016, Betts graduated from Yale Law School and passed the Connecticut bar exam. In September 2017, the bar's Examining Committee recommended him for admission, after the bar had rejected his initial application for membership. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in law at Yale.


After serving an eight-year prison term, Betts found a job working at Karibu Books in Bowie, Maryland. At the store, he was eventually promoted to store manager and founded a book club for African American boys, while attending Prince George's Community College in Largo, Maryland. He later became a teacher of poetry in Washington, DC, and in 2013, he was teaching an intro to non-fiction course at Emerson College.


In 2012, President Barack Obama announced that Betts had been named a member of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.


In 2010, A Question of Freedom won an NAACP Image Award for non-fiction.


In 2009, Shahid Reads His Own Palm won the Beatrice Hawley Award for poetry.


Reginald Dwayne Betts (born Nov. 5, 1980) is an American poet, memoirist, and teacher. As a result of a carjacking he committed at the age of sixteen, he was sentenced to over eight years in prison. He has since gone on to author several award-winning works, including poetry, a memoir, and legal scholarship.