MACOMB/Moline, IL – This year’s 15th annual celebration of Western Illinois University authors, originally planned for April, will be held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The project, put together by University Libraries, honors anyone who published during the 2019 calendar year, while employed or enrolled at Western. This year’s published works include books, chapters, articles, reviews, poetry, audio recordings, software and exhibitions.

University Libraries has compiled a bibliography that includes 260 citations, which represents the work of 185 different WIU authors. The authors are faculty, staff, students, administrators and retirees, representing 30 different WIU departments and schools.

“We look forward all year to celebrating the scholarship here at WIU, so even though we couldn’t hold the reception, we wanted to show off the list of all our authors have published,” said University Libraries Interim Dean Jeanne Stierman. “At next year’s event, we plan to display works from both 2019 and 2020.”

The complete list can be found at

For more information about the WIU authors project, contact Krista Bowers Sharpe at


Sean Leary is an author, director, artist, musician, producer and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since debuting at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. An honors graduate of the University of Southern California masters program, he has written over 50 books including the best-sellers The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.