David Coogan

Meet VCU’s Authors: David Coogan

September 28, 2016

David Coogan, Associate Professor of English at VCU, will talk about his book, Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail (Brandylane Press, 2016)

Writing Our Way Out is the creative culmination of a writing class that began in the Richmond City Jail in Virginia. It includes memoirs written by ten incarcerated men, embedded in a narrative by the class instructor, David Coogan. These stories explore paths to imprisonment in modern America, as well as the redemptive and rehabilitative power of memoir.

Cover of Writing Our Way Out


“This is a work of creative non-fiction. It’s my memoir of teaching a writing class to prisoners. And it’s ten prisoners’ memoirs, written with this hope in mind: that each man might understand the story of his life, and in doing so, change its course.” (from introduction to Writing Our Way Out)

Coogan is founder and co-director of Open Minds, a program that enables college students to take courses in the arts and humanities with women and men incarcerated at the Richmond City Justice Center (formerly the Richmond City Jail).

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
7.00 pm
Multipurpose Room, Second Floor (Rm. 250), Cabell Library
Admission is free and all are welcome!