Naima Coster's first novel, Halsey Street, is a story of family, loss, and renewal, set in a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn. It will be published in January 2018 by Little A.
Naima's stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Arts & Letters, Kweli, The Rumpus, Aster(ix), Guernica, Cosmonauts Avenue, and A Practical Wedding, among other places. She received her MFA in Fiction from the Columbia University School of the Arts. She also holds degrees in English and Creative Writing from Yale University and Fordham University.
She is the winner of numerous awards, including the Elmore A. Willets Prize for Fiction, the Margaret Lamb/Writing to the Right-Hand Margin Prize for Fiction, and the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival Non-Fiction Prize. In 2016, Naima became a Pushcart Prize nominee. In 2017, she won the Cosmonauts Avenue Non Fiction Prize, judged by Roxane Gay.
Naima has taught writing in a range of settings, from prison to youth programs, and universities. She currently teaches creative writing and composition at Wake Forest University. Naima tweets about literature, culture, and justice as @zafatista. She lives in North Carolina with her family.