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David Coogan | Author

Dr. David Coogan is an associate professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University and a co-author of Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail. Writing Our Way Out is the creative culmination of a writing class in which ten men explore the conditions, traps, and turning points on their paths to imprisonment as well as the redemptive power of memoir. He is the founder and co-director of Open Minds, which brings college classes—and college students—into the Richmond City Justice Center, and the founder and director of Writing Your Way Out: A Criminal Justice Diversion Program, which enables low-level offenders in Richmond to avoid incarceration and instead pursue education.