Message from the Chair

William Hobbs

Dr. William Hobbs (aka William Ashanti Hobbs, III) is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida by way of Atlanta, GA. While attending Florida A&M University (FAMU) in 1993, the college junior was inspired to publish Pseudonymous, a collection of short stories and poems and the novel “The Chosen People: Africa’s Lost Tale of Meroe”, all in the same year. Sales allowed Hobbs to continue publishing until he graduated from FAMU in 1996. His passion for writing won him a McKnight Fellowship, which allowed him to pursue a masters and doctorate degree in creative writing from Florida State University (FSU).

Hobbs graduated from FSU in 2004 and now serves as Department Chair of Humanities at Florida Memorial University. Hobbs has published an essay and poem in Journey into a Brother’s Soul by Kimani Press. Hobbs is the proud father of two sons, Ashanti and Amiri. His self-published novel entitled “North of the Grove” focuses on the importance of mentorship is now used in the Miami Dade County school curriculum.

The 5000 Role Models of Excellence member participates in mentoring and literacy programs throughout south Florida and was featured in the local CBS show Mentoring Matters. He has competed in the worldwide 48Hoursfilmproject film competition, co-writing the short film “Love, Mary” His mission: “Bringing visions and dreams to fruition through teaching, leading, writing, and film-making.”

Dr. William Hobbs
Chair