Essays and Books



Cinelle's debut memoir, Monsoon Mansionwill be available through and independent booksellers in Spring 2018 (Little A/Amazon).




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







Spring 2017:


Read Cinelle's Literary City Guide to Charleston on Literary Hub.


Summer 2016:


South 85 Journal asked me to write about memoir and mental/stress disorders.  Since the essay's publication, educators, therapists, and memoirists have shared it on Facebook, Twitter, and through their industry networks.  The effect of this essay reminded me that I am not merely called to success or greatness, but to point people to HOPE.  Read "Why I Write Memoir" here.


Fall 2016:


Creative Writing Studies Conference - Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC - Sept 23-24

I will be giving a lecture based on my graduate critical work  "Multiplicity of Identities in Asian American Literature: Identities in Constant Flux."  My lecture and abstract will be published in the Diversity section of the Journal of Creative Writing Studies. 


Spring 2016:


Great News! I've been selected as one of twelve writers for Kundiman's Inaugural Creative Non-Fiction Intensive. Through the help of some friends and a Kickstarter campaign, I will be attending this intensive on April 9 & 10. Thank you to everyone who's supported me thus far!


Spring 2016:


Listen To Your Mother - I was chosen to be part of LTYM's 2016 cast. LTYM is a nationally-produced live reading show on motherhood. May 1st, 2pm, Sottile Theatre in downtown Charleston. Tickets available at


Poses + Prose Yoga and Writing Workshop - Spring session will focus on the Art of the Body. Register for the May 21 workshop online, limited to 20 spots,


Fall 2015 Writing Workshop - Writing Life Stories. Saturdays at Christophe Chocolatier in Charleston, SC. Online format available. See "Workshops and Classes" for more info. Sign up soon! Only five spots out of eight available.




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