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MFA in Creative Writing Genre Concentrations
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Meet Our Faculty
Each of our faculty members is an experienced writer and an incredible teacher of their art. Here are a few:
- BA in Creative Writing and Psychology, minor in Women and Gender Studies, New Jersey City University
- MFA in Creative Nonfiction, Hunter College
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.
- MFA, City University of New York
Sunil Yapa’s first novel Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, set during the Seattle World Trade Organization protests of November 1999, is this year’s Common Read and a 2016 Time Magazine Best Books of the Year, an Amazon 2016 Best Books of the year, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick, and an Indies Next Pick.
“Yapa’s melding of fact and fiction, human frailty and geopolitics, is a genuine tour-de-force.”
– The Seattle Times
The winner of the 2010 Asian American short story award, Yapa’s work has appeared in Guernica, American Short Fiction, The Margins, Hyphen Magazine, The Tottenville Review, Pindeldyboz: Stories that Defy Classification, and others. The biracial son of a father from Sri Lanka and a mother from Montana, Yapa has lived in The Netherlands, Thailand, Greece, Guatemala, Argentina, Chile, China, and India, as well as London, Montreal, and New York City.
- BA, Washington University in St. Louis
David Lamb is an assistant editor at Hachette Books, where he acquires memoirs, narrative nonfiction projects, and a range of titles across other genres. At Hachette Books and in his prior role at Scribner, he has worked on acclaimed and bestselling books including two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward’s The Fire This Time; MacArthur Fellow Angela Duckworth’s Grit; Kate Hennessy’s Dorothy Day; Lindy West’s Shrill; Sandrone Dazieri’s Kill the Father; Assaf Gavron’s The Hilltop; and Baird Harper’s Red Light Run, which was a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick. He enjoys helping bold writers hone their voices and build stories that will connect strongly with readers in the marketplace. He lives in New York City.
Honorary Creative Writing Faculty
Carolyn Forché: Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1950, poet, teacher and activist Carolyn Forché has witnessed, thought about, and put into poetry some of the most devastating events of twentieth-century world history.
According to Joyce Carol Oates in the New York Times Book Review, Forché’s ability to wed the “political” with the “personal” places her in the company of such poets as Pablo Neruda, Philip Levine, and Denise Levertov.
We want artists who will write for the rest of their lives. If you are interested in adding your voice to this transformative conversation and intrigued by the possibility of working with teachers and peers who are passionate about the art they love, then please contact us — we look forward to meeting you.