Cinelle is currently working on a memoir, Monsoon Mansion:
A memoir about a Filipino girl growing up in an exotic fourteen-bedroom mansion, first under the care of her aristocratic mother and self-made father, then under the tyranny of a creatively abusive stepdad, who turns the grand palace into a cockfighting arena, whorehouse and abandoned castle.
"Kamayan" (An essay on Filipino food culture, to be published on Hub City Press's site for the Multicultural Spartanburg Writers Project.)
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.
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. If you're interested in becoming part of the dialogue on writing immigrant and minority stories, please find information and register here.
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!
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 listentoyourmothershow.com.
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, charlestoncommunityyoga.com.
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.