Poets on Craft: Sarah Gambito and Reginald Dwayne Betts
March 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Hear two socially engaged poets read from and discuss their work in this intimate meeting-of-the-minds. Gambito is the author of Matadora (Alice James Books, 2004) and Delivered (Persea Books, 2009), about which Major Jackson writes, “I marvel at and applaud this feisty and increasingly important writer.” Betts is the author of the memoir A Question of Freedom and the poetry collections Shahid Reads His Own Palm (Alice James Books, 2010) and Bastards of the Reagan Era (Four Way Books, 2015). Michiko Kakutani describes Betts’ latest collection as “fierce, lyrical and unsparing.” Fellow Safia Jama moderates. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served. Co-sponsored by The New School Creative Writing Program.
Sarah Gambito is the author of the poetry collections Delivered (Persea Books, 2009) and Matadora (Alice James Books, 2004). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, The Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, The New Republic, Field, Quarterly West, Fence and other journals. She holds degrees from The University of Virginia and The Literary Arts Program at Brown University. Her honors include the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets and Writers and grants and fellowships from The New York Foundation for the Arts, Urban Artists Initiative and The MacDowell Colony. She is Associate Professor of English / Director of Creative Writing at Fordham University and co-founder of Kundiman, a non-profit organization serving Asian American writers.
Reginald Dwayne Betts is a husband and the father of two young sons. His latest collection of poetry, Bastards of the Reagan Era, was published in 2015 by Four Way Books. He is the author of the NAACP Image Award-winning memoir A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison and the poetry collection Shahid Reads His Own Palm. He is a recipient of fellowships from Soros Justice Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies, and the Bread Loaf Writing Conference. In 2012, President Obama appointed Betts to the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, where he continues to serve as a practitioner member. Currently a student at Yale Law School, he received a BA from the University of Maryland and an MFA from Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers.