Author of Fiction and Non-ficton


An expert in the Afro-Creole experience, Fatima Shaik is the author of books of fiction for adults and children.

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.

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.