Cinelle Barnes

Instructor & Writer
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Cinelle Barnes is a formerly undocumented memoirist, essayist, and educator from Manila, Philippines, and the author of Monsoon Mansion: A Memoir and Malaya: Essays on Freedom, and the editor of A Measure of Belonging: 21 Writers of Color on the New American South. Her work has appeared or been featured in the New York Times, LongreadsBuzzfeed, Literary Hub, and CNN Philippines, and received support from the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund, Focus Fellowship, Sustainable Arts Fund, and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. She's a contributing editor and columnist at Catapult.


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When Do You Stop Writing?

Let’s give answering this difficult question a shot.

Oct 21, 2021
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How Do I Write Amid Erasure?

Speaking of hijacking, we can subvert the oppressor’s literature.

Aug 05, 2021
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Resistance Can Be Playful, Too

In the face of overlapping and unprecedented crises, an immigrant mom protects her family through play.

Dec 17, 2020
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What I Found When I Searched for My Long-Lost Sister

This was not the information I was looking for. This was not the truth I wanted.

Nov 20, 2019
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Carefree White Girls, Careful Brown Girls

“Nobody will stop a young blond girl, that’s the truth,” you said. This was when I grew angry with you, when I wanted to scrap our week-old friendship.

Sep 25, 2018
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How A War in the Middle East Changed My Family in the Philippines Forever

Papa left the summer I turned eight. The emotional toll of a wife who blamed him was too much to carry along with the burden of repatriating thousands of Filipino citizens.

Aug 07, 2018