Staff Bios


Frank Ard

Frank holds a master of arts in English from the University of South Alabama, a master of fine arts in creative writing from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine, and is in the process of completing a doctorate in educational leadership at USA.  In addition to his work at the Writing Center, he has taught English composition, literature, technical writing, professional/career writing, creative writing, and interdisciplinary research courses.  When not managing the USA Writing Center, he enjoys writing novels, cooking, and gardening.

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Joshua Jones

Josh received his Bachelor of Arts in English from USA in 2015, and is currently finishing his graduate coursework in English with a concentration in literature.  In 2016, Josh participated in the Active Learning Initiative at South Alabama (ALISA), where he aided in the improvement of large English literature survey sections through the use of VoiceThreads. His current research focuses on authorial intent and unreliable narration in war literature, specifically novels set during World War I. Josh lives near the Mississippi Gulf Coast where he enjoys trying new restaurants with his wife and taking care of his dogs.

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Sarah Chavers

Sarah is a senior undergraduate majoring in English with a focus on creative writing. She spent her first two years at USA working on a physics degree before deciding that she would rather be a librarian. Sarah is a confident academic writer and reader, having spent the past four years writing essays and articles on various subjects. Sarah spends most of her free time reading fantasy novels, collecting fuzzy socks, and raising her cat Sampson.


James Craig

James is a graduate student in English at the University of South Alabama. He has a Bachelor’s degree in English, with a concentration in creative writing, and a minor in sociology. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and he also served as president of Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society. He has published numerous short stories and poetry, and his penchant for creative writing has won him over nine scholarships. He hopes to one day write a best-seller and then transition to screenplay writing. Once he has finished his degree program, he plans to attend law school. 


Danielle Garner

Danielle is a second year graduate student working towards an M.A. in English (concentration in literature). She graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of South Alabama in 2016. Danielle is interested in medieval and Victorian literature. She is well-versed in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles. In her free time, Danielle enjoys binge-watching Netflix and working out. She also loves funny videos and memes.


Pamela Hovell

Pamela is a senior undergraduate at USA majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing. Before embarking upon her college odyssey, she worked as a USA Biomedical Library clerk, as Departmental Secretary in the USA English Department, and as a legal secretary and researcher. She is currently working on a novel and a collection of short stories. After completing her B.A., she plans to attend graduate school at USA, with a concentration in creative writing. She is interested in all genres of literature and nonfiction. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Oracle Fine Arts Review, and she is the recipient of the Angelia and Steven Stokes Undergraduate Creative Nonfiction Scholarship. She lives in the woods in Satsuma, Alabama, with her husband, children, and five cats.


Amy Patterson

Amy is a graduate student in English with a focus in creative writing.  She earned her bachelor’s degree at The University of Texas at San Antonio.  She lived San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico for three years where she learned Spanish by immersion, wrote short stories for the local bilingual paper, and got her first paid writing gig with Fodor’s Travel Guides.  She also studied herbal medicine in the Southwest for two years.  When she’s not putting pen to paper she spends time cooking, chasing chickens, bird watching, playing with her two wonderful kids, and hanging out with her tall man.


Heather Perrin

 Heather is a third year graduate student majoring in Secondary Education with a focus in English. In 2016, she graduated with a B.A. in English with a focus in Literature and a minor in Sociology. She has experience with MLA, APA, and Chicago styles. She is also proficient with technical writing, creative fiction and nonfiction, and rhetorical analysis essays. In her spare time, she loves to focus on creative writing, and is currently working on a creative nonfiction story.


Anna Van Derwood 

Anna is a University of South Alabama undergraduate student double-majoring in Creative Writing and Spanish and minoring in Gender Studies. They specialize in writing poetry and creative nonfiction/essays with a focus on the lived experience of marginalized identities. Anna is a member of Sigma Tau Delta and Mortar Board honor societies, works on South's Oracle staff each year, and has received several scholarships through the university. Anna maintains semi-fluency in Spanish and is especially excited to work with ESL students at the Writing Center. They hope to one day be a content editor at a publishing house.


David Woolverton

David is a first year English graduate student with a concentration in creative writing. He completed his undergraduate in 2017 at Spring Hill College, where he double majored in creative writing and theology. His work there has given him extensive experience writing in both MLA and Chicago styles. While at Spring Hill, he worked at the Sonny Callahan Boys and Girls Club helping in their art and photography classes, as well as tutoring in various subjects from time to time. When writing for himself, David tends to write in the genres of fantasy and southern gothic. His interests include railroads, history, and British comedy shows.