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Community Read: Felon by Reginald Dwayne Betts

February 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MST

Community Read: Felon

Virtual – Friday February 18, 2022, 12pm-1pm

Registration is required:

Book copies are available for checkout!

For Black History Month, join us for a lunch-hour discussion around the poetry book Felon, by Dwayne Betts. This event is in conjunction with the Tanner Humanities Center Author Meets Reader event February 22, 2022.

Through his legal and literary work, Reginald Dwayne Betts promotes the rights and humanity of people who are or have been incarcerated. This is informed by his experience with incarceration after being tried as an adult for a carjacking at the age of sixteen and finding solace and purpose in books and writing while behind bars. His poetry reflects both his legal training—particularly his deep engagement with notions of guilt, punishment, and justice—and his command of craft. Among many awards, he recently received a MacArthur Genius Grant. His publications include Felon, Bastards of the Reagan Era, Shahid Reads His Own Palm, and Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison. He recently launched the nonprofit Freedom Reads, which donates books and shelving for libraries, organizes author visits, and sets up book circles in prisons and juvenile detention facilities.

Copies of Felon will be available for checkout from the Eccles Health Sciences Library.


February 18
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MST
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