An Evening with Reginald Dwayne Betts


    “Reginald Dwayne Betts is a poet and memoirist, NAACP Image Award winner and national spokesperson for the Campaign for Youth Justice.

    On Saturday, March 11th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, Betts will share some of his writings, discuss his experiences teaching and learning creative writing in prison, as well as the transformative power of poetry.

    The event is free, and open to the public. Read Between the Bars, Arizona’s only books to the incarcerated program, will be collecting monetary donations to support postage costs to mail books to people in Arizona prisons and jails.

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).

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