Cover Photo: An image of the author with her daughter on her back on a beach
Photographs courtesy of the author

Resistance Can Be Playful, Too

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





Why not us?



  Do not be washed away in apathy, entropy and decay . . . art is not a
   frivolous, peripheral activity, but it has to do with the deepest core of
  existence; it is to love yourself, and your neighbors. Art defines what
  makes us human; and fully human, we will be making things.

Lowkey fuck 2020

  Lowkey Fuck 2020,

cannot  stolen—not in real life, not online.

   you!  the biggest wig.

Cinelle Barnes is a memoirist, essayist, and educator from Manila, Philippines, and is 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, Longreads, Garden & Gun, Electric Literature, Buzzfeed, Catapult, Literary Hub, and CNN Philippines, and has received support from the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund, the Focus Fellowship, and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. She's a contributing editor at Catapult.