John H. Sibley
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About John H. Sibley
John Sibley grew up on Chicago's Westside/Southside and Robbins ,Illinois before graduating from Dwight D. Eisenhower High School in Blue Island, Illinois. After graduating he studied at the American Academy of Art. To fulfill his desire for adventure, he joined the United States Air Force. Upon his honorable discharge, he went on to study at Kennedy& King College in Chicago and later graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was also a homeless artist on Chicago's violent streets for six month which is the basis for his memoir. After being convicted for a crime he did not do he worked such jobs as a CNN courtroom artist,caricaturist, Chicago tour guide, janitor and a brief stint years later, as a schoolteacher. His urban science fiction debut novel, Bodyslick, was published by VIBE/Kensington in 2008, and his non-fiction novel Being And Homelessness: Notes From An Underground Artist was published by Wordsworth Greenwich Press in 2012. He is now retired and pursuing his passion of writing, painting and perfecting his billiard game. He is also an avid painter, and a rather good one. Some of his paintings are owned by Mike Tyson, Chicago's Mayor Richard Daley, former NBA player John Salley, and various outlets and organizations. He also illustrated the wonderful cover art and illustrations for "Hannibal" a graphic novel by author Ken Sabanda. He also did the oil portrait of his great grandmother on the eBook "HEX".
What people are saying about John's novel, "Bodyslick:"
""Bodyslick" is a frightening, violent sci-fi vision of the future! It is 2031 humans have begun to terraform the planet Mars, the discovery of new drugs, medical procedures together with many technological advances have the potential to improve the lives of people. Yet mass poverty abounds, society is polarized by divisions and racism, economies around the globe have or are on the brink of collapse, the application of genetic engineering has got out of control."
"Fantastic message hidden in the Urban Action Shell. The book is more complex than I realized when I got it from the author. It looks like a simple urban action tale, but it turns into a Dystopian future tale, a social commentary, a discussion of faith and spirituality, and a journey for Bodyslick to discover the best path forward through the trials of life"
What people are saying about John's non-fiction novel, "Being And Homelessness: Notes From An Underground Artist:"
"Wow!! Being and Homelessness is a deeply profound work. John is one of those rare souls that one is lucky enough to encounter that can take you by the hand and give you a tour of the "real picture". He is an artist in more ways than one. His words are filled with dimension, texture, colour, grit, focus, and realism."
"The book is a good read and very colorful in its description of life on the streets of Chicago, in good times and bad. Mr. Sibley is, in many ways, a historian of culture. Although I am a life-long Chicago resident, he ties together the story behind places and things I walk past daily, but now, I look at them anew and go "ah ha". In this economic environment, more people will need to know ways to survive, in life and on the streets. Grab your copy today!"
"This is very gritty and intense. It seems to be written just like someone is talking; telling about, reveling in their experience of life--stream of consciousness. There's just so much in there, almost more than the senses can deal with. Life experienced as a perpetual street fair--exhausting and thrilling at once."
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"No I did not know that professor. That's not in the science books I read. How did you discover that?"
"My grandmother is a Holocaust survivor. She used to tell me stories about how the Jews were treated in Germany by the Nazis. How my grandfather was exterminated with one million others by the SS who used the Zyklon B chemical in the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau and Majdaneck and then their bodies were burned in crematorium furnaces in 1942. She also talked about how when Einstein moved to Princeton, New Jersey how he would walk in the Negro section of town and give candy to the children and talk to the Negroes sitting on their porches."
Years ago, that conversation with a University of Chicago physic professor riding on the A-train made me re-look at the world in a different lens.
" No, I don't believe in nothing but physical reality, mam!"
" I'm going to let you in on a secret, "Mama Laveeza said," you ever heard of ghost particles?"
"No and what has that got to do with Miles Malones death?"
"Shoosh",she put her long fingernail to his mouth," the physicist Wolfgang Pauli proved that a particle called neutrino is flowing through us at this very moment. It has no mass. No electric charge detective. That's why it is called a ghost particle!"