Blind: A Memoir


Belo Miguel Cipriani

Belo Cipriani received his Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Notre Dame de Namur University where he studied under award-winning poet Jacqueline Berger. He has guest lectured at Yale University, the University of San Francisco, and from 2012 to 2016 served as the Writer-in-Residence at Holy Names University in Oakland, California. His writing has appeared in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Houston Chronicle, The Times of Israel, Yahoo, Business Insider, and elsewhere.

In 2015, he served as Community Grand Marshal for the 45th annual San Francisco Pride Parade—the first blind person to receive this honor in the event’s history.

Cipriani currently splits his time between California, Minnesota, and Florida.

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Imagine if the most severe physical pain and sorrow in your life were inflicted by the people you trusted most. In the spring of 2007, Belo Cipriani was beaten and robbed of his sight at the hands of his childhood friends.

Blind: A Memoir chronicles the two years immediately following the assault. At the age of twenty-six, Belo found himself learning to walk, cook, and date in the dark. Armed with visual memory and his newly developed senses, Belo shows readers what the blind see. He narrates the recondite world of the blind, where microwaves, watches, and computers talk, and where guide dogs guard as well as lead.


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