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Fatima Shaik is a New Orleans author of books for adults and children. Her work focuses on the Louisiana Creole and African-American experience. She writes in the voices of the local culture which has absorbed music, food, language and spirits from around the world.

Publishers Weekly called her "this native of New Orleans whose keen ear for dialogue and languid style help capture the special ambiance of Louisiana."

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.

She is an Assistant Professor at Saint Peter's University and a former reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune and assistant editor of McGraw-Hill World News.

Her articles have appeared in many national and international publications including the New York Times, Essence, Black Enterprise, Working Woman and Nikkei Architecture. Her short stories were published in The Southern Review, Callaloo and others. She is the recipient of an NEH fellowship, LEH and Kittredge Fund grants.


A collection of magical stories about the inner lives of outsiders. pre-order now.
The true story of 15 free men of African descent who began a secret organization in 1836 that lasted more than 100 years -- and whose records were held until the 21st century by Shaik's father in the family closet.
Streetcar to Calcutta
Filmmaker Kavery Kaul follows Shaik as she retraces her Muslim grandfather's 19th century journey from a small village near Calcutta to the intimate community of 7th ward New Orleans.