Cover Photo: Naima Coster / HALSEY STREET (Little A, Jan. 2018)
Naima Coster / HALSEY STREET (Little A, Jan. 2018)

My Editor Was Black

Debut author Naima Coster on working with Morgan Parker, the whiteness of publishing, and literary self-determination.

Is this a thing worthy of prideAm I deserving of attention

Zero Chill: Writers of Color Against Respectability.Times

We’re everyone. We have ideas and vaginas,/ history and clothes and a mother. Portrait-ready/American blues. Palm trees and back issues/of , pink lotion, gin on ice, zebras, fig lipstick.

the market—

quietthe marketquiet

the market Book X

Book Xthe about race

Halsey Street

black woman, writer—

Halsey Streetabout

There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé The Fly Ladies of ’08.

Their Eyes Were Watching God



I am the author of HALSEY STREET, a novel of family, loss, and gentrification. It's available now through the Amazon First Reads program and will be available more widely on 1/1/18. I am a Brooklyn native living in North Carolina. I love my dog. You can learn more about me at