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Writers and artists from a variety of genres will be featured at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Alumni Authors event 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22.

The event, a collaboration between UW Oshkosh Alumni Relations and University Books & More, marks the start of the Homecoming 2010 weekend.

From 3 to 4:15 p.m. in Reeve Memorial Union, Room 221, five presenters will each read a short excerpt of their respective work, talk about the creative process and answer questions from the audience.

A reception will follow in the Steinhilber Art Gallery, where the artwork featured in UW Oshkosh senior Tanya Krueger’s self-published book, “Disabled Bodies, Able Minds,” will be on display.

Krueger’s book features the poems, artwork, photography and short stories of 16 artists from around the world who have chronic illnesses or disabilities. Read more about the project in Engage magazine.

Along with Krueger, the other presenters include:

  • Cliff Christl ’70, of Green Bay, the  coauthor of four books: “Bicycling Wisconsin,” “Sleepers, Busts and Franchise-Makers,” “Mudbaths & Bloodbaths” and “Twenty-Five Greatest Moments in Lambeau Field History.” His latest book,  “A Championship Team The Packers and St. Norbert College in the Lombardi Years,” is about the Packers’ training camps at St. Norbert during the Vince Lombardi era.
  • Deb Cleveland ’91, of  Oshkosh, who recently published her second book, “Man from Macedonia: My Life of Service, Struggle, Faith and Hope,” a biography. Her first book, “Hugs from Heaven: Portraits of a Woman’s Faith,” was published in 2000.
  • Jess (Martin) Riley ’98, of Oshkosh, whose debut book, “Driving Sideways,” earned a coveted spot on Target’s Breakout Books, a listing of new authors.
  • Kathryn (Drobka) Wedge ’83, of Neenah, who painted the illustrations featured in “The Monarch’s Gift: A Journey Through the Life of a Monarch Butterfly,” written by Stephanie Feuerstein.

University Books & More will have some books by the featured authors/artists available for purchase during the event.

See more Homecoming events.