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The Life of a Poet: A Conversation with Ron Charles + Reginald Dwayne Betts
Wednesday, November 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join Ron Charles, book critic at The Washington Post, for an in-depth discussion with acclaimed poet Reginald Dwayne Betts. The Life of a Poet series offers a rare opportunity to consider a writer’s entire career and explore the major events that have shaped their work. Readings from the work are interspersed throughout the conversation. A book signing will follow.
Reginald Dwayne Betts is the author of a memoir and three books of poetry. His memoir, “A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison” (Avery/Penguin, 2009), was awarded the 2010 NAACP Image Award for non-fiction. His books of poetry are “Shahid Reads His Own Palm” (Alice James, 2010), “Bastards of the Reagan Era” (Four Way Books, 2015), and “Felon” (W.W. Norton, 2019). Betts is a 2010 Soros Justice Fellow, 2011 Radcliffe Fellow, and 2012 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellow. In 2012, Betts was appointed to the Coordinating Council of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention by President Obama. He is a graduate of Prince George’s Community College, the University of Maryland, the MFA Program at Warren Wilson College, and is currently a PhD student at Yale Law School.
Ron Charles is a book critic at The Washington Post. For several years, he was the editor of The Post’s Book Work and edited the “Poet’s Choice” column. His reviews have won the National Book Critics Circle Award for best criticism and 1st place for Arts & Entertainment Commentary from the Society for Features Journalism. Washingtonian Magazine named him as one of the 40 people who shaped DC in 2010. (Check out his “Totally Hip Book Reviews”).
This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required.
East City Bookshop will be selling books, and a book signing will take place after the event.
Co-sponsored by Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, the Library of Congress, The Washington Post and the Capitol Hill Community Foundation. This project was supported by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Photo by Gesi Schilling