Reginald Dwayne Betts
Reginald Dwayne Betts was born in a city in San Diego and raised in Suitland, MD, a small city in the DC Metropolitan area. He is the National Spokesperson for the Campaign for Justice and the Program Director for the DC Creative Writing Workshop. His memoir, A Question of Freedom, shows his journey away from the neighborhoods he called home to the prison cells where he spent most of his teenage years and early 20s. The Washington Post ran a front-page profile about Dwayne and YoungMenRead, a book club he began for boys. He has also been profiled on the front page of the Baltimore Sun and has given commentary for NPR’s All Things Considered. His poetry has been widely published and he is the winner of the 2009 Beatrice Hawley Award.