Cinelle Barnes is a creative non-fiction writer and educator from Manila, Philippines. She writes memoirs and personal essays on trauma, growing up in Southeast Asia, and on being a mother and immigrant in America.
In 2014, she was nominated for the AWP Journal Intro Award for Creative Non-Fiction, and in 2015 received an MFA from Converse College. She was part of the inaugural Kundiman Creative Non-Fiction Intensive in New York City and is an alum of the VONA/Voices workshop for political content writing at the University of Pennsylvania. Barnes was a presenter and panelist on Diversity in Literature at the Creative Writing Studies Organization Conference in 2016 (Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC).
Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Literary Hub, South85, Skirt!, West Of, Your Life Is A Trip, the Piccolo Spoleto Fiction Series, Itinerant Literate's StorySlam, and Hub City Press's online anthology, Multicultural Spartanburg.
Cinelle teaches writing workshops throughout the year, including Poses and Prose, a yoga + writing workshop.
Her debut memoir, Monsoon Mansion, will be available through Amazon.com and independent booksellers in Spring 2018 (Little A).
Praise for Monsoon Mansion:
The princess becomes a pauper before she even turns eleven, yet through grit and love and words, that princess, Cinelle Barnes, escapes the fallen-in mansion and broken family to survive. Light fills this beautiful memoir--even in the dark loneliness of a mansion without electricity. And light will fill you and carry you on, dear reader, even after you turn the last page. Monsoon Mansion sings a song of rain and sparkling light, and like its author, we'll all come to know the diamonds we carry in our palms.
-- Jim Minick, author of Fire Is Your Water and The Blueberry Years
In this incandescent debut memoir, Cinelle Barnes forges memories of her family's downfall with tumultuous Filipino history. Like the storm in its title, MONSOON MANSION immerses us in the darkest waters of memory, stirring up unbearably brutal childhood events with lyric prose and searing imagery, forming a woven tale that is both delicate and electric. This book assures us that even when we lose those things that give shape to our humanity--our roots, culture, and family--we can find a way to devise a new way of being.
--Susan Tekulve, author of In the Garden of Stone