KAPPA KUDOS: BELO MIGUEL CIPRIANI
Congratulations to Belo Miguel Cipriani (Holy Names University, CA, ’14) on the publication of his newest book. Belo is an award-winning author, journalist and teacher who currently lives in Saint Louis Park, MN. He commented about his nomination to Kappa and his time at Holy Names in Oakland, CA:
“When I first learned that I had been invited to be a member of Kappa Gamma Pi, I was happily surprised. At my first San Francisco East Bay Chapter meeting, I met many wonderful people who made me feel right at home. I look back at my time at Holy Names University as the most important years of my writing career. As the first writer-in-residence in the school’s history, I felt so blessed to have my writing supported by an entire learning community.
“My time at Holy Names made it possible for me to start the work of putting together the anthology, Firsts: Coming of Age Stories by People with Disabilities. Now, it’s a tangible book and documentary film series—and I owe it all to HNU’s support of my writing.”
Belo is the CEO and founder of Oleb Media—an ADA-compliance firm—and the publishing house Oleb Books. He is the author of Blind: A Memoir (2011), which received an Honorable Mention for Best Nonfiction Book by the 2011 Rainbow Awards, and an Honorable Mention for Best Culture Book by the 2012 Eric Hoffer Awards. His new book, Firsts: Coming of Age Stories by People with Disabilities, was published in October. In 2017, his column on disability issues was recognized by the National Center on Disability and Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. For more details, see http://belocipriani.com/