John R. Powers

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General Information

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Name: John R. Powers

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: November 30, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois



Illinois Connection

John was born in Chicago and lived in Chicago most of his life.

Biographical and Professional Information

Powers is a novelist. He bagan his career as an elementary and junior high school teacher. His work, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? was selected for inclusion on the list of Best Books for Young Adults in 1975 and went on to become a hit musical. Powers produced the Chicago show full-time, as well as other productions of the play in other major cities. Powers has also produced and starred in a one-man show called Life’s Not Fair . . . So What?

Powers holds a Ph.D. in Communications from Northwestern University and was a professor of speech and performing arts at Northeastern Illinois University. During this time, he also created and hosted a number of specials for Chicago public television.He received undergraduate degrees in sociology from Loyola University and is a graduate of Brother Rice High School in Chicago.

Powers continues to write, and is a renowned motivational speaker.

Published Works

  • The Last Catholic in America, Saturday Review Press, 1973 - reprinted in 2005
  • Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect up, Regency, 1975 - reprinted in 2005
  • The Unoriginal Sinner & The Ice Cream God, Warner, 1978 - reprinted in 2006
  • The Junk Drawer, Corner Store, Front Porch Blues, Dutton, 1992
  • Odditude: Finding the Passion for Who You Are and What You Do, 2007

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

The Last Catholic in America (Loyola Classics)

ISBN: 0829421300
Release Date: 2005-08-01

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Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? (Loyola Classics)

ISBN: 0829421432
Release Date: 2005-02-01

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Literary Awards

American Library Association’s list of Best Books for Young Adults in 1975 for Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Contact Information:

Northeastern Illinois University

5500 North St. Louis Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60625

External Links

John R. Powers on WorldCat

John R. Powers on Amazon

John R. Powers on Wikipedia


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