Krystal Sital

Krystal Sital


Born in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Krystal A. Sital is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir SECRETS WE KEPT: Three Women of Trinidad (W.W.Norton 2018).

The New York Times says, “Sital paints a credible and complex portrait . . . This is not the Trinidad of V. S. Naipaul, rendered with elegant sentences and brilliant introspection, but, rather, a place where women’s and children’s lives are held in thrall by cruel men.” SECRETS WE KEPT has garnered rave reviews by Kirkus, Booklist, Library Journal, and Christian Science Monitor. Vanity Fair included it in their “What to Read This Month,” Lit Hub put it on their “17 Books You Should Read This February”; PopSugar included it in their “21 Inspiring Books Written by Women You Simply Can’t Miss in 2018”; and Electric Lit put it on their “46 books by Women of Color to read in 2018.”

Nicole Dennis-Benn says it is a “stunning and unforgettable memoir…a brilliant account of gender inequality and the burdens we bear as Caribbean women.”, and Andre Dubus III called it “a deeply resonant, timely, and necessary work of art.”

A PEN award finalist, Academy of American Poet’s Prize winner, and Hertog Fellow, Krystal’s work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times—Well, Salon, Catapult, Today’s Parent, LitHub, Asian American Writers Workshop—The Margins, The Caribbean Writer, Brain Child, and elsewhere. She’s taught creative writing, gender and sexuality, and peoples and cultures of the Caribbean at New Jersey City University and Fairleigh Dickenson University.

Krystal was also the world literature editor at Riffle Books, the narrative nonfiction editor for the international journal The Missing Slate, the prose editor and book reviewer for Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and the editor for Mothers Always Write.

A mother to three tiny geniuses, she practices magic with them and her partner in the suburbs of New Jersey.


  • B.A., Creative Writing and Psychology, minor in Women and Gender Studies, New Jersey City University
  • MFA, Creative Nonfiction, Hunter College