Naima Coster

Naima Coster is the author of Halsey Street, a novel of family, loss, and renewal, set in a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn. Halsey Street has been featured as a recommended read for 2018 in People, Essence, Bustle, Kirkus Reviews, The Millions, Electric Lit, BitchMedia, The Root, and Gotham Magazine. Naima holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University, an MA in English and creative writing from Fordham University, and a BA in English and African American studies from Yale. Naima is the recipient of numerous awards, and her stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Guernica, Catapult, Arts & Letters, and The Rumpus, among other publications, and has been anthologized in The Best of Kweli and This is the Place: Women Writing About Home.

A native of Fort Greene, Brooklyn, Naima is a proud alumna of Prep for Prep, the leadership development program in New York City. She has taught writing to students in prison, youth programs, and universities, and is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Wake Forest University. Naima tweets as @zafatista and writes the newsletter, Bloom How You Must. She lives in Durham, North Carolina with her family.

  Author photograph by Jonathan Jiménez Pérez

Author photograph by Jonathan Jiménez Pérez


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Here are interviews and press about Naima: 

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

Naima Coster Talks with Greensboro Bound, a conversation with Gale Greenlee. 

"Naima Coster's Halsey Street Brings Readers Home: Debut Spotlight," in Library Journal.

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

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.

"Write for the Pleasure of It," in Authorlink Writers & Readers Magazine. 

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