John R. Powers
Pen Name: None
Born: November 30, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois
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.
- 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)
Release Date: 2005-08-01
Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? (Loyola Classics)
Release Date: 2005-02-01
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)
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625
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