Naima Coster was born and raised in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Her stories have been published in The New York Times, Arts & Letters, The Acentos Review, Guernica, WireTap Magazine, and The Rumpus. She has taught writing at Rikers Island, Columbia University, the South Bronx, among other places. She is an alumna of Yale University, Fordham University, Prep for Prep, and P.S. 11 in Clinton Hill. She is also a former editor of CURA, and a former mentor at Girls Write Now. Naima won the inaugural Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize for her essay "Remembering When Brooklyn Was Mine." She lives in North Carolina with her husband and their dog. She is at work on a novel.