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Shauntay Grant

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Shauntay Grant is a writer and storyteller from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She served as Halifax's third poet laureate, and she teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University. An award-winning author of children's literture, she has been nominated for a Governor General's Literary Award (Young People's Literature - Illustrated Books category). Her other honours include a Best Atlantic-Published Book prize from the Atlantic Book Awards, a Poet of Honour prize from Spoken Word Canada, and a Joseph S. Stauffer Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. 

A descendant of Black Loyalists, Jamaican Maroons, and Black Refugees who came to Canada during the 18th and 19th centuries, Shauntay's love of language stretches back to her storytelling roots in Nova Scotia's historic Black communities. She is a multidisciplinary artist with professional degrees and training in creative writing, music, and theatre, and her homegrown artistic practice embraces African Nova Scotian folk tradition as well as contemporary approaches to literature and performance.

Shauntay's work has earned her invitations to present at local and international events including Canada's national Word On The Street festivals, the Vancouver Writers Festival, Ottawa's Versefest, Moncton's Frye Festival, Toronto's Luminato Festival, Australia's National Young Writers’ Festival, the Jamaica Poetry Festival, and the 10th Anniversary Launch of the Freedom Schooner Amistad in Havana, Cuba. Her plays have been presented by 2b theatre (Halifax), Neptune Theatre (Halifax), Eastern Front Theatre (Halifax), Black Theatre Workshop (Montreal), and b current (Toronto). Her poems have been published in several anthologies and literary journals including the Fieldstone Review and Contemporary Verse 2: The Canadian Journal of Poetry and Critical Writing.

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Africville. Groundwood Books (House of Anansi Press), 2018
Apples and Butterflies. Nimbus Publishing, 2012
The City Speaks In Drums. Nimbus Publishing, 2010
The City Speaks In Drums (Book & CD). Nimbus Publishing, 2010
Up Home. Nimbus Publishing, 2008


Best Atlantic Published Book (Atlantic Book Awards) for Up Home, 2009
Joseph S. Stauffer Prize in Writing and Publishing (Canada Council for the Arts), 2014
Poet of Honour prize (Spoken Word Canada), 2010
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