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Author Presentation – Stories from Home: Immigrant Stories As Nourishment

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Stories from Home: Immigrant Stories As Nourishment

Itinerant Literate Bookstop
4824 Chateau Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405


Cinelle Barnes is a memoirist, essayist, and educator from Manila, Philippines, and is the author of Monsoon Mansion: A Memoir (Little A, 2018), and Malaya: Essays on Freedom (Little A, 2019), and the editor of a forthcoming anthology of essays about the American South (Hub City Press, 2020). Now based in Charleston, SC, she earned an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Converse College and her writing has appeared in Buzzfeed Reader, Catapult, Literary Hub, Hyphen, Panorama: A Journal of Intelligent Travel, and South 85, among others. In her presentation, Stories From Home: Immigrant Stories As Nourishment, Barnes will read excerpts from both of her books, as well as offer a short talk on how literature shapes us and how the written word is significant to the nourishment of communities of color, particularly the Filipino-American community in the Lowcountry. The goal of this presentation is to promote the writing, telling, publication, and consumption of literature that is representative of one of the Lowcountry’s most dynamic immigrant communities, and, in turn, of other marginalized or overlooked populations in the area. This presentation is also an opportunity for Filipino/Asian-American/immigrant communities to have a space to rekindle memories through artful nonfiction storytelling. Should time permit, participants will be invited to map out and write recollections about home through a short writing exercise that they may share. Copies of Monsoon Mansion: A Memoir will be available for purchase and Malaya: Essays on Freedom will be available for pre-order.