John Dos Passos Coggin was born in Annapolis, MD and currently lives in Northern Virginia. He has been a writer and environmental advocate for more than ten years.
He writes nonfiction and fiction. He has published many articles on film, music, books, politics, and public policy. In 2012, he published his first book, Walkin’ Lawton, an authorized biography of Florida governor and U.S. senator Lawton Chiles. He is currently working on new short fiction and a series of essays on film scores.
His environmental career began in 2003, when he interned for the Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources. Afterward he worked for League of Conservation Voters, the Environmental Finance Center at University of Maryland, David Gardiner and Associates, Astrum Solar, and the Richmond Region Energy Alliance. He currently works as a communications specialist at a private firm.
He is the maternal grandson of American author John Dos Passos. With his family, he curates the John Dos Passos literary estate. He is committed to renewing the Dos Passos legacy for the 21st century.
He wrote the text for the official John Dos Passos website at www.johndospassos.com and he currently maintains the site. His commentary appears in a new Spanish documentary, Robles, Duel in the Sun. The documentary concerns John Dos Passos’ role in reporting on the Spanish Civil War and his friendship with Spanish translator José Robles.