Shauntay Grant

ShauntayShauntay Grant is an award-winning writer and spoken word performer from Nova Scotia’s historic Black community.

“A tireless advocate for poets and all literary and performing arts.”
– Halifax Chronicle Herald

“Grant’s voice clearly comes across as authentic in her writing.”
Canadian Materials (CM) Magazine

Shauntay Grant is a poet, playwright, children’s author, spoken word performer, broadcast journalist and musician. She has shared her blend of poetry and music internationally at festivals and events, including Versefest (Ottawa, ON), Luminato (Toronto, ON), GritLIT (Hamilton, ON), Frye Festival (Moncton, NB), Read By The Sea (River John, NS), the Vancouver International Writers’ Festival (Vancouver, BC), the National Young Writers’ Festival (Newcastle, Australia), and the10th Anniversary Launch of the Freedom Schooner Amistad (Havana, Cuba).

Shauntay regularly conducts arts workshops and performances for youth and adults. She was Writer In Residence at J.L. Crowe Secondary School in Trail, B.C. as part of the 2010 Vancouver International Writers’ Festival, and as Halifax’s third Poet Laureate she organized Canada’s first national gathering of Canadian Poets Laureate (held July 2010 in Halifax). Her original works of poetry and music have been featured nationally in books and anthologies, and on radio and television. Shauntay coordinates the Halifax-based arts-for-social-change performance series CommUNITY, and she organizes Wordrhythm, a performance showcase that encourages collaboration between poets and musicians.

Shauntay was a Poet of Honour at the 2010 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Ottawa. Her first children’s book, called Up Home, won her a 2009 Atlantic Book Award for Best Atlantic Published Book (Up Home was also shortlisted for a 2010 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Awards). Shauntay’s stage play Steal Away Home won the 2011 Jury Award for Outstanding Drama at the Atlantic Fringe Festival. She is a recipient of a 2011 INSPIRE Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters, and she serves on the board of Youth Voices of Nova Scotia.

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