Fatima Shaik is a writer and co-chair of PEN America’s Children’s and Young Adult Book Committee. Her most recent book, Economy Hall: The Hidden History of a Free Black Brotherhood, is the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities selection for its 2022 Book of the Year. Her work has appeared in The Southern Review, Callaloo, Tribes, The Root, In These Times, and several anthologies, including Streetlights: Illuminating Tales of the Urban Black Experience and Breaking Ice: An Anthology of Contemporary African American Fiction. She is the 22nd recipient of the Louisiana Writer Award from the state’s Center for the Book. Shaik is the subject of a recent documentary, The Bengali, by director Kavery Kaul.