Alumna Naima Coster '15 Finalist for 2018 Kirkus Prize in Fiction

BY Zoe Contros Kearl, September 27, 2018

Halsey Street book coverWriting alumna Naima Coster '15 is a 2018 Finalist for the Kirkus Prize in Fiction for her debut novel Halsey Street, a novel of family, loss, and renewal set in a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn.


The Kirkus Prize is one of the richest literary awards in the world, with a prize of $50,000 bestowed annually to authors of fiction, nonfiction and young readers’ literature. It was created to celebrate the 85 years of discerning, thoughtful criticism Kirkus Reviews has contributed to both the publishing industry and readers at large. Kirkus says of Coster’s Halsey Street, "A quiet gut-punch of a debut, Coster’s novel is a family saga set against the landscape of gentrifying Brooklyn… Absorbing and alive, the kind of novel that swallows you whole.”


Coster holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. She is also a proud alumna of Prep for Prep, a leadership development program in New York City. She has taught writing to students in jail, at youth programs, and at universities. Naima is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Cosmonauts Avenue Non-Fiction Prize, judged by Roxane Gay. Coster's stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Catapult, Arts & Letters, The RumpusGuernica, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere.