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I’m Matt Vetter (PhD, MFA), Professor of English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. As a scholar in writing, rhetoric, and digital humanities, I am interested in the ways that technologies shape writing and writing pedagogy. I am drawn toward investigations of the ideological and epistemological functions of technologies and digital communities and the possibilities for human intervention and praxis within those spaces. I am the co-author, with Zach McDowell, of Wikipedia and the Representation of Reality (Routledge, 2021). This book, which leverages Zach and my 20+ years of researching and teaching with Wikipedia, is a contemporary examination of epistemological policy and practice in what has become the world’s largest and most widely-used knowledge archive, the “free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.” My critical work has also appeared in journals such as College EnglishComposition Studies, Computers and Composition: An International Journal, Social Media + Society, Rhetoric Review and others. I am also currently a co-editor (with Trace Daniels-Lerberg and Mary Stewart) of Writing Spaces, an open access composition textbook series. Since 2018, we have published three volumes in this series. In my teaching, I seek out opportunities for students to write in venues where they can reach concrete audiences and come to understand how writing can effect real world change. As a creative writer of mainly poetry, my work has appeared in numerous national and regional literary journals including Midwest Quarterly, American Life in Poetry, The Louisville Review, and the Journal of Kentucky Studies. A Pushcart Prize and AWP Intro Award Nominee, I was the 2009 winner of the Danny Miller Memorial Award. My first collection of poetry, Kentucky Lullaby, a chapbook, was published by Finishing Line Press (2018).

Contact: mvetter (at) iup (dot) edu
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