Cinelle Barnes is a memoirist, essayist, and educator from Manila, Philippines, and is the author of Monsoon Mansion, a memoir we primarily discuss on this episode. Her debut memoir was listed as a Best Nonfiction Book of 2018 by Bustle and nominated for the 2018 Reading Women Nonfiction Award. Barnes was a Women Writing the American West Awards screener and is the 2018-19 writer-in-residence at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, SC, where she and her family live.
She earned an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Converse College. Her writing has appeared in Buzzfeed Reader, Catapult, Literary Hub, Hyphen, amongst others.
In this episode, we discuss Cinelle’s journey as she wrote her memoir, and she lends a universal lesson about finding reconciliation and healing with the past.
We explore topics such as
- Finding healing and reconciliation with a difficult past, creating magic out of your truth
- Breaking generational trauma and paving a new path
- How filipnas are at a tipping point in the current generation, in which we are advocating for ourselves an reclaiming our expression of identity
- Going from survival mode to flouring
- The Filipino writing community and the generosity of support found with modern Filipino community of creators
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