Karim Shamsi-Basha is a writer and photographer who immigrated to the United States in 1984 from Damascus, Syria at the age of 18. His work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Sports Illustrated, People, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.


His children’s book, The Cat Man of Aleppo, has received five starred reviews. Karim has published four other books: The Beauty Box, a collection of photographs and essays about Southern beauty parlors and their vanishing culture. Shelter from the Storm, commissioned by the Salvation Army and offering stories of the homeless. Home Sweet Home Alabama contains photographs and essays about the state Karim loves. Karim wrote an essay for the book Alabama Christmas along with Helen Keller and Truman Capote. His fourth book, Marriage Advice from a Divorced Guy, is causing a stir!


Next for Karim is Cactus Pear, a novel about a 15-year-old Muslim boy in love with a Christian girl amid the Syrian civil war. Karim’s wish for people to love one another is where his personal and professional goals intersect. He is father to three brilliant and beautiful children: Zade, Dury, and Demi; and he lives by the motto Carpe diem.