Born in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York, Naima Coster 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 University.
Ms. Coster’s stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Catapult, Arts & Letters, Aster(ix), The Rumpus, Kweli, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere.
Her debut novel Halsey Street, takes place in Brooklyn and addresses gentrification and racial and cultural identity. Ms. Coster is the recipient of numerous awards including a Pushcard Prize nomination. A former editor of CURA and a former mentor of Girls Write Now, Coster is also a proud alumna of Prep for Prep, the leadership development program in New York City aiding high-potential minority students in public, charter, and parochial schools. She has taught writing to students in jail, youth programs, and universities.
Ms. Coster lives in Washington, DC with her family.