Sobia Shaheen Shaikh (she/her) is a mother, writer, activist, social work professor and engaged community member from St. John’s, NL. She has deep community ties with anti-racist, feminist, arts, women’s, disability, youth, student and environmental justice organizations. Sobia is a founding member of the Anti-Racism Coalition NL, The Quilted Collective of Racialized NL Writers and the Creators’ Collective NL: Indigenous, Racialized and Migrant Artists and Arts Workers. She recently co-edited a textbook called Critical Social Work Praxis (Fernwood, 2022).
Sobia’s creative work is grounded in anti-racist feminist praxis. Two of her short stories, “softly, with niyyat” and “You-See,” are published in anthologies (Us, Now: Stories from The Quilted Collective, 2021; Hard Ticket, 2022). Sobia’s short monologue called “Rage and Release” which was produced for The Imaginary Real: The Secret Landscape of Stories project (Artistic Fraud NL, 2022). She is currently involved with other writing projects, including a co-written radio play called (Un)Boarding. Sobia also participated in the TODOS Productions’ 2021 Writing Unit, and is continuing her work on a play about disability and mothering. She is excited to be a Creative Cohort Resident Artist with the Stages of Transformation project (2022-2023).