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Who is Brandi Chantalle?


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Who is Brandi Chantalle?


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creative spirit


Writer | Teaching Artist | Business Owner

creative spirit


Writer | Teaching Artist | Business Owner

I am a writer who began experimenting with words at a very early age. Hence, my grandmother still has handwritten, illustrated books from my grade school years. I found the power of my voice while performing with Babel, Temple University's poetry collective - which afforded me the opportunity to open for revered artists such as Nikki Giovanni and Mayda del Valle. Since then, I have discovered a comfort in prose and journaling, which has helped me expand my creative vision. A self proclaimed willful writer, aware of my magic - my first book will make its debut very soon. 

I am an educator in Baltimore City. My first introduction to the joys of teaching, as noted below, was through poetry. I've since transferred that passion into teaching secondary English within an urban/inner city environment. In being driven by interpersonal connections and the desire for our youth to understand the importance of self-advocacy, working as a full time teacher to help students understand the value of their education and honing their voices is a self-fulfilling prophecy. 

I am a teaching artist to a handful of youth within the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) region. Shaped under the eye of artists invested in Philadelphia's Youth Poetry Movement, a non-profit that provides a safe space for teens to find their voice, I have since coached multiple youth poetry slam teams (namely Contraverse: 2014 LTAB Champions). In addition to facilitating weekly after school poetry clubs, I've led numerous adult workshops on various topics relative to writing and self discovery. 

Photo Credit: Chris Francis, unless otherwise noted
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mother


Zora Rhondamarie Francis is the reason I can say that I am a mother. Born July 2014, her first name, which means dawn, is an ode to one of my favorite writers, Zora Neale Hurston. Zora's middle name is a combination of her late grandmothers' names, bespeaking the importance of the lineage in her family. I credit Zora with growing me as a woman and making me more accountable for my journey. My first book, initially titled How I Became My Daughter, was prompted by the realization that I now have the responsibility of nurturing someone into womanhood. I am Zora's first example of what womanhood embodies. 

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Wife


Wife


Though this bio does not reflect the order in which I prioritize my responsibilities, I am a wife, first and foremost. Despite spending 3 plus years without speaking (including a random run in while visiting South Dakota), I married my first college "fling," in January 2016. As believers in Christ, we attribute our current status to God's sense of humor and amazing grace. Though writing is my gift, my husband is often the muse behind it and my support system. Hence, I often share thoughts on our experience as a young, black couple attempting to parent consciously in the 21st century.

Photo Credit: Travis Vaughn

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Sister Friend


Sister Friend


Sisterhood is the undercurrent of just about everything that motivates me. To quote Iyanla Vanzant, "I am not my sister's keeper. I am my sister." Though my birth mother passed when I was 9, I've had ample maternal figures to fill the gap. Early on, these women taught me the power and peace of being woman, of living in solitude with other women, and the danger of finding yourself outside the reach of sister friends. I keep an expansive and multi-faceted tribe of women who are intentional about reveling in their individual and collective magic. It has truly made all the difference. They have truly made all the difference.

Photo Credit: Michael Thomas