R. Dwayne Betts is a noted poet, essayist and national spokesperson for the Campaign for Youth Justice. He writes and lectures about the impact of mass incarceration on American society. In 2011 Betts was awarded a Radcliffe Fellowship to Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies. He is the author of A Question of Freedom and Shahid Reads His Own Palm. In 2010 he was awarded an NAACP Image Award for A Question of Freedom, and a Soros Justice Fellowship to complete The Circumference of a Prison, a work of nonfiction exploring the criminal justice system's role in the every day lives of Americans who have not committed crimes.
Robert Hayden was the first African-American to be appointed Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, a position now titled U.S. Poet Laureate. He is recognized not just for his many literary accomplishments but also for the strong vision of faith that illuminates so much of his work.
The new edition of Collected Poems will be released April 1, 2013.
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