J. Chester Johnson read his published poetry and talked about his life and work, including, among other things, his writings on the American Civil Rights Movement (several of his writings on the subject now appear in the J. Chester Johnson Collection of the Civil Rights Archives at Queens College – NYC) and his work with W. H. Auden as the two poets on the drafting committee for the retranslation of the Psalms, which version is now contained in the current Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. His presentation took place on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 25th, 2016 at 6:30PM in the Heavenly Rest Episcopal Church, 90th St. and Fifth Avenue, Manhattan, NYC.
A Reading and Conversation with Reginald Dwayne Betts author of Bastards of the Reagan Era (Four Way Books)
Chester Johnson, Moderator
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Trinity Parish, 2 Rector Street, NYC
"Fierce, lyrical and unsparing, the poems in Reginald Dwayne Betts' new book, Bastards of the Reagan Era, bear witness to the author's difficult journey from prison to law school, and the experiences of the men he got to know in prison..." – Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times, October 2015
Click here for a PDF of the commentary on Betts’ poetry by J. Chester Johnson