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).
A finalist for the PEN/Fusion Award, Krystal A. Sital's debut memoir Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad 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." The New York Times says, "Sital paints a credible and complex portrait . . . This is not the Trinidad of V. S. Naipaul . . . but, rather, a place where women's and children's lives are held in thrall by cruel men."
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."; Jean Kwok states, "Powerful and heart-wrenching."; And Andre Dubus III expresses "Once a decade or so, if we're fortunate, comes a book that seems to insist itself into being. Secrets We kept is that book. It is a love song to the author's Trinidadian mother and grandmother, yes, but it is also a hymn of justice to the ignored and forgotten wounds of enduring and resilient women throughout the ages. It is a tribute to truth in the face of denial. It is a deeply resonant, timely, and necessary work of art."
Krystal holds a BA from New Jersey City University where she double majored in creative writing and psychology, and minored in women and gender studies. She received her MFA from Hunter College where she worked with New York Times bestselling author Kathryn Harrison and Alexandra Styron. While at Hunter Krystal was awarded the Alumni Scholarship & Welfare Fund Fellowship, and was selected as a Hertog Fellow, working as a research assistant for Darryl Pinckney. She also won the Memoir Prize and was a finalist for the Audre Lorde Award.
Krystal was 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.
Krystal's work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times—Well, Salon, Catapult, Today's Parent, LitHub, 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 Dickinson University. She now teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada College in Lake Tahoe.
A mother to three tiny humans, Krystal lives with her family in the suburbs of New Jersey.