Linda Perez, Randall Horton, & Reginald Dwayne Betts
December 3, 2014
Stedman Gallery, Fine Arts Building
Special Discussion: Literature, Language & the Prisons 3:00-4:30pm, Armitage Hall Room 113
Linda Perez holds a BA in English from SUNY Albany. Her writings appear or will appear in Black Renaissance Noir, Valley Voices and The New Sound: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Arts & Literature. She most recently has read at Breakout: Voices from Inside: The 2013 PEN Prison Writing Program Fundraiser. She lives in the Bronx, NY with her son, Isaías.
Randall Horton is the recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Bea Gonzalez Poetry Award and most recently a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Literature. Randall is a Cave Canem Fellow, a member of the Affrilachian Poets and a member of The Symphony: The House that Etheridge Built. Randall is Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Haven. An excerpt from his memoir titled Roxbury is published by Kattywompus Press. Triquarterly/Northwestern University Press in the publisher of his latest poetry collection Pitch Dark Anarchy.
Reginald Dwayne Betts is a writer and poet. Four Way Books will publish his latest collection of poems, Bastards of the Reagan Era. His first collection of poems, Shahid Reads His Own Palm, won the Beatrice Hawley Award. Betts’ memoir, A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison, was the recipient of the 2010 NAACP Image Award for non-fiction. His writing has also led to a Soros Justice Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, a Ruth Lily Fellowship, and a Pushcart Prize. In addition to his writing, Mr. Betts serves as the national spokesperson for the Campaign for Youth Justice and was appointed to the Coordinating Council of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention by President Barack Obama. He is currently a student at Yale Law School.