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.
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.