Stuck behind bars, a writer found a way to connect to the world

Reginald Dwayne Betts grew up an honor student with hopes for college, but went to prison at 16 for carjacking, his first run-in with the law. Reading, and poetry in particular, became a comfort and gave him a new identity. The writer, who is now a law student and a prison reform advocate, sits down with Jeffrey Brown to discuss his work and his journey.


Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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