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



Naima Coster is the author of two novels. Her debut, Halsey Street, was a finalist for the 2018 Kirkus Prize for Fiction and recommended as a must-read by People, Essence, Well-Read Black Girl, The Skimm, and the Brooklyn Public Library among others. Naima’s forthcoming novel, What’s Mine and Yours, will be published  in March 2021.

Naima’s stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Kweli, The Paris Review Daily, The Cut, The Sunday Times, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.  In 2020,  she received the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" honor.  She lives in Brooklyn with her family.