Publishers Weekly called her a "native of New Orleans whose keen ear for dialogue and languid style help capture the special ambiance of Louisiana." What Went Missing and What Got Found is her most recent collection.
Her short stories appeared in the anthologies Streetlights: Illuminating Tales of the Urban Black Experience, Breaking Ice: Contemporary African American Fiction, and others. The Southern Review, Callaloo, the Killens Review and more journals have published her fiction.
She has freelanced for national and international publications including The New York Times, In These Times, The Root, Essence, Black Enterprise, L'Expansion, Working Woman, and Nikkei Architecture.
She serves as an Assistant Professor at Saint Peter's University where she designed the Communications major curriculum and directed the program for a decade. Previously, she was assistant editor of McGraw-Hill World News and a daily reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
A journalism graduate of Boston University's School of Public Communication and New York University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, she was a Scholar in Residence at NYU and held a literature residency at the Africana Studies Program of the New Orleans Public Schools. She is the recipient of an NEH fellowship, LEH and Kittredge Fund grants.
She is the co-chair of the PEN Children's and Young Adult Books Committee and a Trustee of this international literary and human rights organization.
A member of the Great Migration as she described in her article for the Tribune newspaper (March 2, 2013, see blog page), she now lives in New Orleans and New York.
My Grandad, the Bengali Peddler: An African-American Writer Finds Her Roots
Article in FirstPost by Sandip Roy
Hunt for Grandad's Roots in Hooghly
Article in The Telegraph, Kolkata by Mohua Das
New Orleans Times-Picayune March 27, 2011 PEN Authors visits to New Orleans main story. Sidebar on Fatima Shaik.