G. Mark LaFrancis
9 Janice Circle
Natchez, MS 39120
G. Mark LaFrancis has been a writer for more than thirty years, mostly in journalism. He has won many local, state and national writing awards as a reporter and columnist.
He is a retiree of the Armed Forces, which he served for twenty-three years in the Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve. During his years of service, he earned two Air Force Commendation Medals. He recently retired as Director of Public Information at Copiah-Lincoln Community College’s Natchez campus where he worked for 15 years.
For the past six years, he has interviewed soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan and their loved ones, letting them inspire a book collection and a multi-media program, which has been endorsed by the Mississippi Humanities Council and the Mississippi Arts Commission. There are more than 700 poems in the collection with two of three books published already under the titles: In Their Boots: Poems Inspired by Soldiers and Their Loved Ones. Mark also has published five books for young readers and has given his speaking program “Storytelling from My Front Porch,” to many elementary schools.
He has been involved with film making for 15 years. He created the Introduction to Broadcasting class and the Film Club at the Natchez campus. His student-produced films have won acclaim in Mississippi, and Mark received the first Thad Cochran Humanities Achievement Award for his documentaries on Richard Wright and Eudora Welty. He is an independent film maker, and teaches a groundbreaking Introduction to Film and Photography at Adams County Christian School.
Recently, Mark received a grant award from the Mississippi Humanities Council for the Mississippi World War II Veterans History Project, allowing him and interviewers to record the stories of World War II veterans. So, far, he and his team have interviewed more than 20 veterans. Their stories will be preserved at the University of Southern Mississippi Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage. Mark is the son of a World War II veteran and a World War I veteran.
Mark also is the founder and president of Home With Heroes Foundation Inc., a private non-profit organization dedicated to helping veterans and their families, especially those suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
Mark lives in Natchez with his wife Eileen. He has two grown children Mark and Mary.