Join Dave Coogan and the coauthors of "Writing Our Way Out" at The Depot (814 W Broad St) on Wednesday, April 13 from 6:00-8:00 PM, for a reading and an interactive exhibition in which attendees can share their own artwork with the authors.
Detailing the transformative memories of ten men, "Writing Our Way Out" is the creative culmination of a writing class that began in Virginia's Richmond City Jail and grew into a journey to re-entry. Compiled in a narrative by their teacher, Dr. David Coogan, these stories explore the conditions, traps, and turning points on the path to imprisonment in modern America, as well as the redemptive and rehabilitative power of memoir. Dr. David Coogan is an associate professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he teaches courses in writing and literature. He is the founder and co-director of Open Minds, a program that enables college students to take courses in the arts and humanities with men and women incarcerated at the Richmond City Justice Center, formerly the Richmond City Jail. Books will be available for purchase and signing at this free event.