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Blanche Kabengele

      For Blanche Saffron Kabengele poetry sanctions the emancipation of emotions, and ideas weaved together to transport the imagined into existence, much like a painter when dipping a brush into paint applied on a canvas. As such, for Blanche poetry allows the poet occasion to fashion essence into being. Her work covers a broad range of subject matter including, time, the Black experience, social injustice, political issues as well as nature and urban life. In 2011, Blanche completed a doctorate in Educational Studies from the University of Cincinnati. Blanche was born and raised in Cincinnati’s (formerly called “Buck Town”), West End. The area was settled by not only African Americans, but working class Irish and Germans, who lived in an area close to Buck Town, they named “Zincinnati”. Blanche attended the local Catholic elementary and high schools and worked after school at the main branch of the Hamilton County Public Library’s Children’s Room, where she read during Story Hour to the children. Currently, Blanche lives with her husband of many years Peter and enjoys, traveling, and writing poetry.