Youth advocate, author and former inmate Reginald Dwayne Betts will be in Portland on Tuesday to talk about his latest book of poetry, “Bastards of the Reagan Era.” The book explores city life, broken dreams and hope.

Betts will speak about his life experiences at 7 p.m. Tuesday at SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St.

The Telling Room, a writing center in Portland, is bringing Betts to Portland.

A new voice for African-American literature, Betts will meet with students at The Telling Room before his talk at SPACE.

In 2009, Betts received the NAACP Image Award for his memoir, “A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison.”

His first collection of poetry, “Shahid Reads his Own Palm,” was released in 2010.

“Bastards of the Reagan Era” was named one of the best poetry books of 2015 by Library Journal and shortlisted for the PEN Open Book Award.

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