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 recommended as a must-read by People, Essence, Bustle, Electric Lit, BitchMedia, The Root, Well-Read Black Girl and The Skimm, among others. It was a Finalist for the 2018 Kirkus Prize for Fiction.

Naima’s stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Catapult, Arts & LettersAster(ix), The Rumpus, KweliThe Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University, as well as degrees from Fordham University and Yale. She is a proud alumna of Prep for Prep, a leadership development program in New York City. She has taught writing to students in jail, youth programs, and universities. She is currently visiting faculty at the MFA program at Antioch University in L.A.

Naima tweets as @zafatista and writes the newsletter, Bloom How You Must. She lives with her family in Washington, D.C.

Photograph by Jonathan Jiménez Pérez.

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.

‘Whenever I Write, I’m Asserting That I Matter’: A PEN Ten Interview with Naima Coster,” in PEN America.

Naima’s Shelfie for The Skimm.

Naima Coster, New Author of the Year Award, Go On Girl! Book Club.

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

"Rich, Collective Life: Naima Coster on Halsey Street, Gentrification and Writing," in The Millions. 

"Seven Questions with Naima Coster, Breakout Novelist," in Fordham News.

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

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

Feature in Kirkus Reviews, January 2018.

Writers Recommend in Poets & Writers, 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.

Lunch & Learn with Naima Coster, hosted by Black@NYT, Kweli, and Little A, January 2018.

Tiny Spills in Cosmonauts Avenue, December 2017

Astro Spills/Pisces Edition in Cosmonauts Avenue, March 2017

What Does It Mean To Be a ‘Brooklyn Writer’? in Electric Lit, July 2018.

Brooklyn Literary Spaces That Have Survived Gentrification in Electric Lit, July 2018.

How Gentrification Changed the Brooklyn Literary Scene in Electric Lit, July 2018.

Here are audio clips of Naima reading and in conversation:

The State of Things, North Carolina Public Radio.

Book Talk Radio with Cyd Oppenheimer.

KAZI Book Review with Hopeton Hay, KAZI 88.7 FM, Austin, Texas.

Faculty Reading at the North Carolina Writers' Network Spring 2018 Conference.

Book Stew with Eileen MacDougall for WCTV.