Please join us for the first event in the Fall 2015 Hallie Ford Literary Series at Willamette, a reading by acclaimed writer Reginald Dwayne Betts on Wednesday, October 7. NOTE TIME CHANGE: The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Hatfield Room of Willamette’s library and is free and open to the public.
Recently the subject of a feature story on the Huffington Post, Betts has been at the forefront of national conversations about mass incarceration and the U.S. penal system. Arrested for carjacking as a sixteen-year-old, he was certified as an adult and sentenced to nine years in prison. During his time in a series of maximum-security facilities, he began writing seriously and has since become an award-winning poet and memoirist, as well as a national advocate for juvenile justice. In 2012, President Obama named him to the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Betts is the author of two volumes of poetry, Shahid Reads His Own Palm, winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award, and Bastards of the Reagan Era, released this fall by Four Way Books. His memoir, A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison, won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work.
This event is co-sponsored by the College Colloquium program, and the Departments of English and Politics. Books will be for sale courtesy of the Willamette Store.
I hope to see you there.
Hallie Ford Chair in Writing
Chair, Department of English