Art of Doing

No. 66 | Cinelle Barnes on Balancing Discipline + Play

September 17, 2018 Season 1 Episode 66
Art of Doing
No. 66 | Cinelle Barnes on Balancing Discipline + Play
Art of Doing
No. 66 | Cinelle Barnes on Balancing Discipline + Play
Sep 17, 2018 Season 1 Episode 66
Hilary Johnson
Show Notes

On today’s episode Hilary sits down with Cinelle Barnes, essayist, memoirist, and author of the recently published “Monsoon Mansion."

Books have been the one constant in her life—through her tumultuous childhood in the Philippines, her years living as an undocumented immigrant in the 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.

Barnes is also an AWP Journal Intro Award nominee, a Kundiman Creative Non-Fiction Intensive Fellow, a VONA/Voices alum for political content writing at the University of Pennsylvania, a presenter and panelist on Diversity in Literature at the Creative Writing Studies Conference at Warren Wilson College, a founding member of the C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference, a screener for WILLA: Women Writing the American West, and the incoming writer-in-residence at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston.

Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Literary Hub, Buzzfeed, South 85, TAYO Literary Journal, Skirt!, West Of, Your Life Is A Trip, the Piccolo Spoleto Fiction Series, and Hub City Press’s online anthology, Multicultural Spartanburg. Her first book, Monsoon Mansion: A Memoir, arrives in May 2018 from Little A/Amazon Publishing.

Barnes teaches writing workshops throughout the year, including Poses and Prose, a yoga + writing workshop.

We explore these hot topics!

  • The beautiful, albeit complicated, process of writing a book
  • The discipline of writing daily for hours each day, and how much of her book was written with one hand while holding and breastfeeding her daughter
  • The power of the 3x5 index card
  • The necessity of play
  • “Let’s go back to the beginning” as a tool for breaking down breakdowns!
  • The pursuit of long term goals, like writing a book that took over 5 years to reach publication ;)

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