Reginald Dwayne Betts Finds Freedom in Poetry

October 4, 2021

At WBUR, self-described “lawyer poet” and recent recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship Reginald Dwayne Betts discusses how he uses poetry and law in his day-to-day life to learn about the world. “I think in a real way, freedom begins with a book,” Betts says. “The reason why I was able to engage in those ways was because I had spent all of this time literally just reading books, imagining that it wasn’t just a fanciful place that they were taking me, but I was learning something about being in the world that I didn’t fully know.”

is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

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