Visiting Faculty, MFA in Creative Writing Program
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 for 2018 by People, Essence, Bustle, Electric Lit, BitchMedia, The Root, and Gotham Magazine, among others. It is a Finalist for the 2018 Kirkus Prize for Fiction.
Naima’s stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Catapult, Arts & Letters, The Rumpus, Kweli, Guernica, The 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. Naima tweets as @zafatista and writes the newsletter, Bloom How You Must. She currently lives in Washington, D.C. with her family.
MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University
MA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, Fordham University
BA in English, African American Studies, Yale University