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Prisons and Poetics with Reginald Dwayne Betts


A poetry reading and conversation with award-winning American poet, memoirist, and educator Reginald Dwayne Betts. Betts uses poetry and literature to speak to the failures of the current criminal justice system and to create ideas for change. Presented with The Humanities Institute, UC Santa Cruz.

About the Visualizing Abolition series:

This program is part of a series of virtual talks and events presented in conjunction with the exhibition Barring Freedom, co-organized by SJMA and UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences (IAS). The online events feature artists, activists, scholars, and others united by their commitment to the vital struggle for prison abolition and are coordinated by the IAS in collaboration with Professor Gina Dent, feminist studies, UC Santa Cruz.

About the Speaker

Reginald Dwayne Betts is an American poet, memoirist, and teacher. His work in public defense, his years of advocacy, and Betts’s own experiences as a teenager in maximum security prisons uniquely positions him to speak to the failures of the current criminal justice system and present encouraging ideas for change. Betts often gives talks about his own experience, detailing his journey from incarceration to Yale Law School and the role that perseverance and literature played in his success. In addition, he has given lectures on topics ranging from mass incarceration to contemporary poetry and the intersection of literature and advocacy.


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Tue, Jan 26, 2021

4PM - 5:30PM

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