Staff Bios


Franklin Ard

Franklin holds a master of arts in English from the University of South Alabama, a master of fine arts in creative writing from 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.  His research interests include professional development in the writing center setting, specifically team-based approaches, as well as academic integrity and plagiarism prevention.

ASC 1391  |  (251) 414-8051  |



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.

ASC 1392 | (251) 460-7382 |



Krisha Amin

Krisha is a junior undergraduate student majoring in biomedical sciences and philosophy. She is on the pre-med track but also has a crazy love for writing and teaching. She has experience in research literature, APA style, AP style, but loves to tackle any challenge thrown at her. Krisha is an editor of South's JOURACA and has been a member of the Oracle staff for the past 2 years. Yet, she stills believes that her greatest accomplishment to date is being voted "Most likely to become a writer" by her elementary school graduating class. She's still working on that.


Emily Belle Isle

Emily is a senior undergraduate at USA majoring in secondary education with a concentration English language arts. She has a background in both MLA and APA writing. She is a lover of all things caffeinated, so it will be a rare appointment if she is not sipping a cup of coffee or tea. In her infrequent bouts of free time, she enjoys reading, writing, gardening, watching Netflix, and being basic. She is an avid Jags fan and occasionally pulls for the Saints on Sundays. Her love of traveling has taken her many places, including Italy, Germany, and Austria. She hopes to one day open hearts and minds through teaching literature and language.


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.


Kate Duthu

Kate is a part-time English graduate student concentrating in creative writing. A Virginia native, she received her B.A. in English from the University of Virginia and her J.D. from the College of William and Mary. She is licensed to practice law in four states and advocated for domestic violence survivors and their children in her work as a criminal prosecutor, family law attorney, and shelter volunteer. After relocating from New Orleans to Mobile following Hurricane Katrina, she took a hiatus from practicing law to spend more time with her children, volunteer in the community, serve on boards of local and state-wide non-profit organizations, and return to her love of literature and creative writing.


 Kip Hayes

Kip is a graduate student in English literature. Even though he does have strong opinions about grammar and voice, he does indeed have friends. Outside of school and the Writing Center, Kip enjoys collecting schlocky pop-culture artifacts: movies and movie novelizations; retro video games; and old board games. He has two cats—Prince Fortinbrass & Battle Cat.


Brad Nolen

Brad Nolen is a poet and technical writer. He has a B.A. in English from the University of South Alabama and is currently studying for master’s degree in English literature and creative writing. Brad has a professional background in technical writing for the insurance industry. When not devouring heaps of strange, experimental poetry and criticism, Brad can be found in one of three places: at his writing desk, on the front porch rocking with his sweetheart, or playing Fortnite with his boys. He loves his scholarly life, though he is contractually bound to say that his hiking boots, his garden, and his home brewery all miss him dearly.


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.


Rachel Rhodes

Rachel is a second-year graduate assistant with a bachelor’s degree in English literature from USA. She enjoys reading Victorian and detective literature along with anything remotely related to Harry Potter. She is adept in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles. In her “free” time, she works as editor-in-chief of the Oracle Fine Arts Review and reads endlessly for “research purposes.” After doing a brief stint teaching in the public sector, she will move on to try her hand at a doctoral program in either comparative literature or British literature with a focus on gender studies.


Shelby Savage

Shelby is an undergraduate student at the University of South Alabama double majoring in Political Science and English. Her intention is to attend law school next fall where she hopes to focus on domestic violence and child advocacy law. Shelby is experienced with many forms of academic writing, from research papers to rhetorical analysis essays, and greatly enjoys working with students to develop strong writing skills. When Shelby is not working at the Writing Center or serving as a Resident Assistant with USA Housing, she can usually be found somewhere quiet with a book in hand.


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.