William Jack Sibley
A versatile writer, Sibley’s work has spanned from writing dialogue for television’s “The Guiding Light” to serving as a contributing editor at Andy Warhol’s, Interview Magazine, to seeing his work produced Off-Broadway and regionally. Author of over a dozen screenplays, two novels and numerous magazine, newspaper and journal articles, Sibley currently has two screenplays under option and is working on completing the third novel in his “Texas Trilogy”.
His first play “Governor’s Mansion” won the Southwest Regional Playwright’s Competition and was produced at Center Stage in Austin, TX. His play “Mortally Fine” was produced Off Broadway at The Actors Outlet Theater (W. 28th St.), NYC, in 1985 and at The Group Rep Theater in Burbank, CA, 1998. (“Mortally Fine” is excerpted in “100 Monologues; An Audition Sourcebook from New Dramatist,” Laura Harrington, Editor, Mentor Books; ISBN: 04516268851.)
“Mr. and Mrs. Coffee” (prod. Humboldt Univ., Arcata, CA, and excerpted in “Competition Monologues”, University Press of America, Edited by Roger Ellis, ISBN: 0819168505),
“If You Loved Me” (staged readings at The Tennessee Williams Playwright Festival, Key West, FL, New Dramatist, NY, and The Attic Theater, Los Angeles, CA.),
“Lock The Doors!” (prod. 29th St. Rep. Co., NYC, 1990, New Voices In The American Theater Festival),
“It Happened In Santa Fe” (Prod. Railyard Performance Center, Santa Fe, NM, 1994).
“Kitten and Princess” and “Two Men, Two Women and a Bird,” one-acts, have all had NYC productions.
On September 24, 2004 the world premiere of, “IF YOU LOVED ME,” was held in San Antonio, Texas at The Cameo Theater, 1123 East Commerce Street. The play was produced by The Actor’s Theatre of San Antonio, directed by Jerry Pilato, and awarded a “Globe” by the Alamo Theatre Arts Council in September 2005 for “Best Original Script” of the 2004-2005 season.
In the spring of 2008 “IF YOU LOVED ME” was selected by the Texas Nonprofit Theatre Association as a winner of the “New Play Development Playwriting Project”, http://www.texastheatres.org/conferences/Conf08Wrksps.html. In November of 2008 “IF YOU LOVED ME” opened at the Old Quarry Theatre in Brackettville, TX. A production of “IF YOU LOVED ME” was also presented at the Henderson County Performing Arts Center (Athens, TX) May 1, 2009. http://www.athensreview.com/homepage/local_story_119222058.html
His writing has appeared in Utne Reader, Hallmark Magazine, Brilliant Magazine, The San Antonio Current, The Orlando Weekly, The Dallas Times Herald, Heritage Magazine (summer 1996), Texas Co-op Power Magazine, The Dead Mule (“A Journal of Southern Literature”), Flying Colors Magazine, Southwest Airlines Magazine, Ford Times, The Texas State Reading Association (“Cookin’ and Bookin’”) and The New York Native.
- Sibley inducted into Texas Institute of Letters – 4/2015
- “Three San Antonio Writers Elected To The Texas Institute Of Letters” – SA Current
- Three Local writers elected to Texas Institute of Letters
- “SIGHS TOO DEEP FOR WORDS” wins 2013 NATIONAL
INDIE EXCELLENCE BOOK AWARD
- “SIGHS TOO DEEP FOR WORDS” wins 2013 USA BEST BOOK AWARD
- “SIGHS TOO DEEP FOR WORDS” 2013 Finalist, The Lambda Awards
- “SIGHS TOO DEEP FOR WORDS” 2013 Finalist, The Balcones Fiction Prize
- THE RIVARD REPORT, “Where I Live; River Road on the Fourth of July.”
- DOBIE DICHOS, 2016 – “Lonn Taylor, The Big Bend Sentinel”
- Insightout Book of the Month Club Bestseller 2001
- LAMBDA LITERARY AWARDS, Finalist 2001
- TEXAS INSTITUTE OF LETTERS Runner-up, John Bloom Award, 2001
- FOREWORD MAGAZINE, Book of the Year Finalist, 2001
A new novel by William Jack Sibley – “Can two Chelsea boys survive life in rural Texas? That’s the question that William Jack Sibley answers in ANY KIND OF LUCK, his hilarious and high-spirited debut novel. Thanks to a family crisis, 37-year-old Manhattan actor/hand model Clu Latimore (along with his lover, Chris) finds himself back in his hometown of Grit, Texas, for the first time in years. Here in the land of barbeque, Baptists and bluebonnet flowers, they discover a cast of eccentrics that would send Tennessee Williams scrambling for his pen: from Miss Oveta, the bejeweled town dowager and her oh-so-fey “adopted son” Mr. Jeffrey, to Brother Ramirez, a Mexican-American faith healer, to a blue-haired, tattooed, out and proud gay teen,named Brandon. Before Clu’s trip is over, there will be lover’s betrayed, secrets revealed, new romances and heartwrenching goodbyes — not to mention a wedding, birth, funeral and no-holds-barred production of Agamemnon: The Musical. (Kensington – 288 pages, hardcover and paperback)
“This is the tequila-fueled, Southern Gothic Texas that George W. Bush doesn’t want the rest of the country to know about.” – InsightOut Book of The Month Club Review.
“ANY KIND OF LUCK is lively, funny and moving. Sibley is off to a good start!” – Pulitzer Prize (Lonesome Dove) and Academy Award winner (Brokeback Mountain), Larry McMurtry
- WINNER, 2013 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE BOOK AWARD
- WINNER, 2013 USA BEST BOOK AWARD, “Gay and Lesbian Fiction!”
- SIGHS TOO DEEP FOR WORDS – FINALIST, 2013 LAMBDA LITERARY AWARDS, “GAY GENERAL FICTION”
- SIGHS TOO DEEP FOR WORDS – FINALIST, 2012 FOREWORD REVIEWS, BOOK OF THE YEAR
- SIGHS TOO DEEP FOR WORDS – FINALIST, 2013 BALCONES FICTION PRIZE
SIGHS TOO DEEP FOR WORDS is the story of a man in prison who falls in love, through lengthy correspondence, with a woman he’s never met. Getting out, he goes to find her and discovers that the love letters he’s received were written not by a woman but by a closeted gay man — a small town minister. Not only did the minister deceive the prisoner, but he sent a photograph of his sister (who lives with him) as a picture representing himself. And not only is the sister unaware of the ruse, but she herself happens to be a lesbian. The ex-prisoner has fallen in love physically with a woman who doesn’t know he exists, and mentally with a man he doesn’t know how to love. Set in the scenic Texas Gulf Coast fishing village of Rockport, SIGHS TOO DEEP FOR WORDS is a darkly humorous and contemplative examination of the parameters of love, sex, sexuality and cultural perspective.