Naima Coster is the author of Halsey Street, a story of family, loss, and renewal, set in a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn (January 2018, Little A). She is a writer of fiction and nonfiction, and her work has appeared in the New York Times, Arts & Letters, Kweli, The Rumpus, Aster(ix), A Practical Wedding, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Guernica, among other places. She studied creative writing at Yale, Fordham University, and Columbia University, where she earned her MFA. Naima is the winner of numerous awards, including the Elmore A. Willets Prize for Fiction and the Margaret Lamb/Writing to the Right-Hand Margin Prize for Fiction. In 2016, Naima became a Pushcart Prize nominee. In 2017, she won the Cosmonauts Avenue Non Fiction Prize, judged by Roxane Gay.
Naima is also a teacher of writing and has worked with students in a range of settings from prison to youth programs and universities. She currently teaches fiction writing and composition at Wake Forest University.