Dave Coogan is a professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is also the editor of Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail, which collects stories from various people who who found themselves in the criminal justice system in Richmond. A native of New England, Dave talks about how he ended up in Virginia and how a horrible crime in the Church Hill neighborhood of Richmond led him on a path to his current work. He talks with Colin about the importance of getting people–whether criminals, students, or family members–to tell their stories. And he will soon be telling more stories on his own podcast.