"Literature always anticipates life. It does not copy it, but molds it to its purpose." - Oscar Wilde


Oracle Staff 2013-14

Joseph Kees

Joseph Kees hails from Louisiana. He is a senior, studying English with a concentration in creative writing at the University of South Alabama. He has published fiction and poetry in Slipstream, Paris Atlantic, Bathtub Gin, and Thieves Jargon, among others. He is currently working on a science fiction novel, which he plans to complete as a thesis in graduate school. When he isn’t obsessing over words, he makes music with Dimestore Troubadours.

Austin Sims
Art Director

Austin Sims is a student at the University of South Alabama. He is pursuing a BFA in graphic design with a secondary concentration in photography. He enjoys all forms of photography from the darkroom to photoshop. After he graduates, Austin wants to work in the advertising industry as an art director. He likes to spend his free time fishing, kayaking, and exploring the outdoors along the Gulf Coast.

Justin McCardle
Art Curator

Justin McCardle is a Junior at the University of South Alabama. He is earning his BFA in graphic design with his secondary concentration being in printmaking. His main interests in art are architecture, illustration, and printmaking. He enjoys the work of Stefan Sagmeister, Dennis McNett, and Francisco Goya. He enjoys illustrating of any kind with most mediums but is always looking for more ways to expand his abilities. After graduation he is looking to become a concept artist and eventually an art director for movies, games, publishing or a design firm.

Tina Phanthapannha
Web Designer\Webmaster

Tina Phanthapannha is an alumni. She completed a B.F.A. in Graphic Design with a minor concentration in Interdisciplinary Studies and a B.A. in Advertising at the University of South Alabama. She is a multifaceted and unconventional artist that tries not to take herself too seriously. She loves to create unique and clean designs that have functionality and visual impact. Her main interests are in web design, packaging design, and typography.

Christine Rogalin
Assistant to Art Curator

Christine Rogalin is a transfer student from Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois and a Coast Guard wife. She is pursuing a BFA in Graphic Design and Interdisciplinary Studies and plans to graduate May 2015. As a fresh Graphic Designer, she will focus on free lancing, building her own brand and relocating to a new part of the country. In her free time, Christine enjoys making hand made items for her Etsy shop and LoDa Art Walk, bringing creativity into her kitchen, never repeating a recipe twice, and spending time with loved ones.

Mary Beth Lursen
Nonfiction Editor

Mary Beth Lursen is a senior majoring in print journalism and minoring in English. She was the 2011 - 2012 recipient of the Steve and Angelia Stokes scholarship for fiction in the undergraduate category. Her short story, The Teller, was published in the 2013 edition of Oracle Fine Arts Review. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of Due South, Media Liaison for The Prowl, and an active member of Mortar Board Azalea Chapter. In the future, she hopes to attend graduate school for English or print journalism, and then make a career out of telling stories.

Katie Pope
Fiction Editor

Katie Pope was born in North Carolina, but her nomadic spirit has sent her to many places. She has lived all over the southeast U.S., in California, Turkey, and Hawaii. She has been with her husband, David, for 10 years and they have three furry kids, named Mana, Liliuokalani, and Dylan. Katie graduated undergrad at the University of Hawaii in Hilo with a BA in English and BA in communication. She loves cooking, photography, art, and all forms of stories (books, TV, Film). Her favorite authors are Dan Millman, Percy Shelley, and Walt Whitman amongst many others. Katie is working on her English Masters in creative writing here at South. She loves both reading and writing fiction and poetry.

Karie Fugett
Poetry Editor

Karie Fugett is an undergraduate at the University of South Alabama where she serves as Poetry Editor for the Oracle and is a student editor for Mobile’s Negative Capability Press. She was recently selected as a semi-finalist for the 2014 Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards for a chapter in the memoir she is currently working on. Her poem "War Widow" is forthcoming in the Birmingham Arts Journal.