Cinelle Barnes

Cinelle Barnes is the author of the memoir Monsoon Mansion. She is an essayist, memoirist, educator, and candlemaker with a BA in media studies in journalism from Hunter College and a master of fine arts in creative writing from Converse College. Books have been the one constant in her life—through her tumultuous childhood in the Philippines, her years living as an undocumented immigrant in New York City, her time as a new bride living in the American South, and as she completed her MFA program and began writing about her secrets. She lives between two states with her husband and daughter: New York, where she is always inspired to write, and South Carolina, where she can be close to the ocean. Find her online at, and follow her on Instagram @cinellebarnesbooks.


JULY NONFICTION: Excerpt from "Monsoon Mansion" by Cinelle Barnes

For our July nonfiction, we're thrilled to share the chapter "Falling" from Cinelle Barnes' dazzling debut memoir, Monsoon Mansion. The book is out now and we implore you to get your hands on this harrowing and triumphant coming-of-age story set in the Phillipines.