Fatima Shaik is a native of New Orleans and an author of books for young adults and children, including What Went Missing and What Got Found and Louisiana Stories for Young Adults. 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. 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, an LEH fellowship, and Kittredge Fund grants. She is an Assistant Professor at Saint Peter’s University, a former reporter for The Times-Picayune, and former assistant editor of McGraw-Hill World News. Shaik is Chair of the PEN America Children’s and Young Adult Books Committee.