Cinelle Barnes is an essayist, memoirist, and educator with a BA in media studies in journalism from Hunter College and a master of fine arts in creative writing from Converse College. Books have been the one constant in her life—through her tumultuous childhood in the Philippines, her years living as an undocumented immigrant in the New York City, her time as a new bride living in the American South, and as she completed her MFA program and began writing about her secrets.
Barnes is also an AWP Journal Intro Award nominee, a Kundiman Creative Non-Fiction Intensive Fellow, a VONA/Voices alum for political content writing at the University of Pennsylvania, a presenter and panelist on Diversity in Literature at the Creative Writing Studies Conference at Warren Wilson College, a founding member of the C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference, a screener for WILLA: Women Writing the American West, and the incoming writer-in-residence at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston.
Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Literary Hub, Catapult, Buzzfeed, South 85, TAYO Literary Journal, Skirt!, West Of, Your Life Is A Trip, the Piccolo Spoleto Fiction Series, and Hub City Press’s online anthology, Multicultural Spartanburg. Her first book, Monsoon Mansion: A Memoir, was released in May 2018 (Little A).
Barnes teaches writing workshops throughout the year, including Poses and Prose, a yoga + writing workshop.