Celeste has been a lawyer for the past seventeen years but she has been making-up stories all her life.
A native of Trinidad and Tobago, in 2016, she graduated from Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, with an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction).
Celeste’s goal is to dispel all myths about island-life and island-people. In particular, she aims to showcase Trinidad’s entrenched political, racial, and class alliances; the cruelty and generosity of the average Trini; the sense of optimism and harsh reality that permeates everyday interaction; and the musicality of local dialect.
Her work has appeared in The New England Review, The Rumpus, Kweli Journal, among other places. She is the recipient of a 2018 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. She was also a finalist for the 2018 New England Review Emerging Writers Award and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Celeste counts VS Naipaul, Junot Diaz, Alex La Guma, Margaret Atwood and Marlon James among her literary influences.