Alumni who have had a book released by a publishing house within the past decade are encouraged to send their work to the Illinois State editor for possible inclusion in the Reggie Reads column, which is now an additional online feature of each issue of Illinois State.

JoAnna Stephens Mink ’73, M.S. ’75, D.A. ’85, reviews books by alumni and presents summaries in the column. Once reviewed each book is added to a collection of work by other alums on display in the Alumni Center.

After completing her undergraduate work and two graduate degrees all in English at Illinois State, Mink went on to become an English professor and an author. Literature is her passion, and especially British literature.

Having coedited several books herself, Mink appreciates the effort involved as a writer and editor. She is proud to be involved in acknowledging the work of Redbirds who are successful authors.

Find Reggie Reads online at Submit your book to Susan Blystone at Illinois State University Alumni Center, 1101 N. Main Street, Normal, IL 61790. An autographed copy is especially appreciated. Questions can be sent to

3 thoughts on “Are you an author? Magazine column showcases the work of published graduates

  1. Albert Gray says:

    Yes, I am an author and would like focus put on my books too. Thank you.
    Shy little Rascal by Albert Gray 1968, 1970.

    As a graduate and teacher I need to retool my skills as an AutoCAD instructor and Industrial Arts teacher.

    At 62, still I would like to continue to teach-in elementary school of Junior High.

    Now, I teach in SLATE and as a substitute in Unit 5.

  2. Roger W. Breternitz CCht. says:

    My new book “WINNING: It’s a lot more fun!” is now available on after two years in the making.
    This is a collection of winning strategies, ideas, articles and formulas to make you a winner in every phase of your life. Written by Roger W. Breternitz CCht. In 325 pages it contains secrets of the world champions, insights about turning your desires in to actual reality, and converting ideas into deposits for your bank account, along with just how to attract joy, and joyful people into your life.

    He draws from a wealth of 37 years of professional business sales and management, being a professional musician/band leader, tennis and ski instructor, engineering designer, writer for a national sports magazine, and hypnotherapist with 27 years experience in helping people restructure, and motivate their lives.

  3. Patricia A. Rowe says:

    My book “The Other Side of the Desk” is a memoir of my 50 years of teaching. My first full time job was to start a Phys. Ed. program, for the institutionalized mentally disabled children at the state hospital in Minnesota. The stories had been saved since l957 and all have a point – lots of information for any educator. My passion is to offer a wake up call to parents and teachers to return to our purpose in those positions. Also we must not fear being the authority in our homes and classrooms, that is our job- to lead, to model and to take responsibility for my place in those children’s lives. Patty Rowe