Naima Coster

Naima Coster is the author of Halsey Street, a story of family, loss, and renewal, set in a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in the New York TimesArts & Letters, Lit Hub, CatapultThe RumpusAster(ix), A Practical Wedding, Guernica, and has been anthologized in The Best of Kweli and This is the Place: Women Writing About Home. Naima is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently the 2017 Cosmonauts Avenue Nonfiction Prize, judged by Roxane Gay. Naima studied creative writing at Yale, Fordham University, and Columbia University, where she earned her MFA. She has taught writing to students in prison, youth programs, and universities. She currently teaches at Wake Forest University and is a Senior Fiction Editor at Kweli. Naima tweets as @zafatista and writes the newsletter, Bloom How You Must.

  Author photograph by Jonathan Jiménez Pérez

Author photograph by Jonathan Jiménez Pérez

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Here are interviews and press about Naima: 

"The Experience Takes Its Shape From You: Talking with Naima Coster," in The Rumpus

"Owning Brooklyn: An Interview with Naima Coster," in The Paris Review Daily.

"Who Gets to Write About Gentrification?" in Lit Hub, January 2018.

Feature in Kirkus Reviews, January 2018.

Writers Recommend in Poets & Writers, January 2018.

Conversation with Cyd Oppenheimer for Book Talk Radio, January 2018.

"Making Visible the Losses of Gentrification: An Interview with Naima Coster," in Apogee, January 2018.

WeekEND Reading: A Conversation with Leslie Lindsay, February 2018. 

Interview with Kenyon Review, January 2018.

Salon Author Questionnaire, January 2018.

Tiny Spills in Cosmonauts Avenue, December 2017

Astro Spills/Pisces Edition in Cosmonauts Avenue, March 2017

Halsey Street
By Naima Coster