John Kaniecki was born in Brooklyn, New York. Though having no memories of life there, John is proud to be called a Native New Yorker. John was raised in Pequanock Township, New Jersey. At age twenty John was baptized and became a member of the Church of Christ. Presently John resides in Montclair, NJ and lives with his wife of over twelve years Sylvia. The happy couple attended the Church of Christ at Chancellor Avenue in Newark, NJ. John is very active in outreach and teaching as part of the leadership of the congregation.
John’s personal story of dealing with and overcoming with mental illness can be read in “More Than The Madness.” It is a book that explores the humanity in us all while giving first-hand insight into mental illness.
John’s first book “Murmurings of a Mad Man” is a poetry book. This work deals with a dark time in John’s life when he suffered from manic depression. John was hospitalized at Graystone, the same place where Woody Guthrie was kept. This book dealing with the madness is not only a book of hope and faith but it is written in most strict poetic form. It is vastly far from the free verse that permeates the poetry world today.
John’s second book is entitled “Words of the Future”. This book has six science fiction stories all written by John. John without a question the book is unique and you will find John’s writing both compelling and thrilling.
John has just let out his third book entitled “Poet to the Poor, Poems of Hope for the Bottom One Percent”. This leaves little doubt as to where John’s heart belongs. Not to the pampered pretties living in privilege but with the down and out clinging on to existence. Not only is “Poet to the Poor” revolutionary in thought but its poems are easily accessible. The majority of which celebrate the rhyming poems of years gone by. It’s a book not to be missed.
Other poetry books include the Christian themed “A Day’s Weather” and “Sunset Sonnets”. “A Day’s Weather” is a feel-good book about life being depicted by the weather of a day. “Sunset Sonnets” is an uplifting and spiritual look at death. John spent eight years with the Church of Christ at Chancellor Avenue serving as a volunteer missionary to the inner city of Newark, New Jersey.
John also is the author of a warm book about life called “The Lost Cantos Of John Kaniecki”. This book employs meter and rhyme.
John has ventured further into the realm of horror with his books, “Scarecrow, Scarecrow”, “Satan’s Siren” and the upcoming books “In The Mind Of Maggoo” and “Myroniac”. These books are gripping tales exploring the dark recesses of life.
Also, John has written an exciting humorous science fiction book entitled “I Should Have Been A Rock Star”. This book is definitely not something to miss and sure to be a classic.