Hi, I’m RJ Harrigan and I’m from Massachusetts. I have been a writer in various forms my whole life. It began with poetry in 4th grade, then short stories in middle school.
In high school, poetry changed to hip hop, and after graduation (class of 2005), I pursued a rap career, rocking shows from Boston to California.
However, outside of performing music, I was homeless and barely surviving.
After deciding enough was enough, I joined the Navy in 2010, where I got married to my lovely wife Ashley, and became a father to her daughter.
Things were going great for a while, but a car accident changed everything. Spoiler alert, I’m okay.
The Navy released me (honorably) in December 2012 and by January 2013 I was enrolled at Bunker Hill Community College full-time where I earned my associate’s degree. Then, I transferred to UMass Boston where I worked hard to get my master’s degree in English Composition (class of 2018). I no longer performed, but I did get to rap for Ice T at Bunker Hill Community College.
Now, I teach English Composition at UMass Boston and returned to my roots in poetry and storytelling (though now I write novels). I finished my first full-length novel, a memoir of my crazy life pursuing a rap career, in 2018 (no plans to release yet).