Writers & Readers

Fresh perspectives from Writers & Readers in the CLE at Cleveland Public Library. Enjoy a variety of candid conversations with popular writers, dynamic authors, and discussions about empowering all to thrive and the craft of writing in a post-pandemic world.

Reginald Dwayne Betts

Thursday, January 18
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium

Antwon Lindsey

Thursday, February 23
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium


About Author

Reginald Dwayne Betts is a poet and lawyer. A 2021 MacArthur Fellow, he is the Executive Director of Freedom Reads, a not-for-profit organization that is radically transforming the access to literature in prisons through the installation of Freedom Libraries in prisons across this country.

About Speaker’s Works

Bastards of the Reagan Era by Reginald Dwayne Betts is the winner of the 2016 PEN New England Award in Poetry, the 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year for Poetry, a winner of the National Council on Crime & Delinquency’s (NCCD) 2016 Media for a Just Society Award, the 2016 Housatonic Book Award, Bronze Winner of a Human Relations Indie Book Award, was shortlisted for the 2016 PEN Open Book Award, made Library Journal’s “Best Books 2015: Poetry” list, and was a finalist for both the 2016 Firecracker Award in Poetry and the 2016 Wheatley Book Award in Poetry.

About Author

Born and raised in Liberty City, Miami, Antwon Lindsey has always loved literature and film. A firm believer in the saying, “Don’t allow your upbringing to dictate your future,” Antwon truly believes that – “The only person that can stop you from turning your dreams into a reality – is yourself.” His mother encouraged him to write and read, with whom he’d often spend time writing stories and remixing the lyrics to their favorite songs. Many people sometimes refer to Antwon as an author, filmmaker, visionary, and even an inspiration. Still, Antwon sees his life as just someone seeking to experience the limitless expression of our collective conscious existence.

About Speaker’s Works

HUSH: Help Us Say Help A Documentary on Black Mental Health stands for “Help Us Say Help.” Produced & Directed by Antwon Lindsey, “HUSH” is a 76-minute documentary on Black mental health and its origins of generational trauma and access to mental health resources within Black communities.