Mark Latta

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Mark Latta, M.A., is the Director of the Writing Center, Instructor of English, and Public Literacy Coordinator at Marian University. His research and teaching interests focus primarily on the intersections of composition, critical public literacies, informal learning systems, critical service learning, and resistance narratives (particularly in how these narratives are embedded within localized geographies and sociolinguistic features).

Latta also directs CityWrite, a city-wide memoir project in Indianapolis that has collected the personal stories of over 1,100 people since 2012. He has edited and co-created five anthologies published through INwords and was honored to receive the Nuvo Cultural Vision Award (2008) and William H. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion (2012). He is a 2016-17 and 2014-15 Indiana Campus Compact Faculty Fellow.

His grant-funded ethnographies include I Am East 10th Street, a public art memoir installation relating the stories of those who live and work along east 10th Street; Magic #8 Bus, an examination of the influence of public transportation on transitory and personal narratives; and, No Mean Thing, a collection of street stories collected from CityWrite due out in late 2017.

Additionally, Latta is a board member of the Indiana Teachers of Writing, a member of the Hoosier Writing Project, a National Writing Project Teaching Consultant, and serves on the Advisory Council for Indiana Campus Compact. He is also an active member of the International Writing Centers Association, American Education Research Association, International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement, and the National Council of Teachers of English.

Latta is currently finishing his Ph.D. in Urban Education at Indiana University.