Naima Coster

Naima Coster

Naima Coster is a writer of fiction and nonfiction. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York TimesArts & Letters, KweliThe Rumpus, and Guernica, among other places. Her first novel, Halsey Street, about gentrification, family, and memory, will be published in Fall 2017 by Little A.

Naima has taught writing in a range of settings, from prison to after-school programs, and university classrooms. She taught a pilot course, Readings in American Studies, for the Undergraduate Writing Program at Columbia University. Naima is also a graduate of Columbia University, where she earned her M.F.A. in Writing. She also holds
an M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Fordham University, as well as a B.A. from Yale University, where she studied English with a Concentration in Writing and African American Studies with a Concentration in Literature.


As a teacher of writing, Naima’s interests include life writing in its various forms, uses of the first person, literature of the Black Diaspora and Black Atlantic, contemporary literary fiction, the op-ed, and first-year composition. Her approach in the classroom emphasizes listening, collaboration, self-reflection and adopting a recursive approach to both writing and reading.