Naima Coster was born and raised in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. She is an alumna of P.S. 11, Prep for Prep, Yale University, Fordham University, and, soon, the MFA program at Columbia. A lifelong student, Naima is also an educator. She has taught writing at Rikers Island, Columbia, and the South Bronx, among other places. She is a former editor of CURA, and a former mentor at Girls Write Now. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in The New York Times, Arts & Letters, The Acentos Review, Guernica, WireTap Magazine, and The Rumpus. Naima won the inaugural Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize for her essay "Remembering When Brooklyn Was Mine." She is at work on a novel.