Shauntay Grant
is a writer and storyteller from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University, and as Halifax's third Poet Laureate she organized Canada's first national gathering of Canadian Poets Laureate. (click here to read more)

Shauntay Grant announced as 2b playwright-in-residence

September 1, 2016 – 2b welcomes award-winning writer and educator Shauntay Grant as the company’s 2016-2018 playwright in residence. Over the next few years, Ms. Grant will work with 2b theatre company to develop her new play, The Bridge. Click here to read full announcement.

Stitched Stories: The Family Quilts

Stitched Stories: The Family Quilts opens Thursday Sept 1 at 7PM at the Dalhousie Art Gallery (6101 University Ave., Halifax, Nova Scotia). The exhibition will be on display at the gallery until November 27.

Curated by Shauntay Grant, the exhibition features a handful of quilts selected by Grant from the heritage holdings of her family, prominently those of her grandmother, the Reverend Alfreda Smith. Grant’s own creative response to the quilts – and equally, the stories they keep – will produce a new ‘poetic patchwork’ developing inside the Gallery over the course of the exhibit.

Click here to read a Metro News article about the exhibit and to view some of the work on display.

Shauntay Grant writer-in-residence at Berton House

April 2016 Shauntay Grant begins a three-month writing residency at historic Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon. Click here for more details.

Thank You, North Preston

February 26, 2016 – Atlantic Books Today revisits author Shauntay Grant and illustrator Susan Tooke's award-winning picture book, Up Home (Nimbus, 2008). Click here to read full article.

25 great Canadian #BlackGirlBooks

February 16, 2016 -- Two books by Shauntay Grant make CBC Books' list of 25 great Canadian titles to add to the ‪#‎1000BlackGirlBooks‬ campaign. Up Home (Nimbus, 2008) and Apples and Butterflies  (Nimbus, 2012) are among the works selected in response to 11-year-old Marley Dias' efforts to profile books featuring Black female protagonists. Click here to read more.

Shauntay Grant joins Dalhousie University academic staff

July 1, 2015 - Shauntay Grant joins the academic staff at Dalhousie University, teaching in the Creative Writing Program. Dalhousie offers courses in poetry, fiction, narrative non-fiction, and playwriting. Click here for details.

Writers' Trust Announces Future Berton House Residents

The Writers’ Trust of Canada is announcing the 2015–16 slate of writers to attend the Berton House Writers’ Retreat, Canada’s most sought after residency program. Each writer will travel to Dawson City, Yukon, to live and work for three months in the childhood home of noted Canadian author Pierre Berton. Click here to read full press release.

Shauntay Grant featured on 2015 LEGACY Poster

Click here to read LAPKAT's review of Say Sumthin,
or visit the online store to sample music from the album.
Click here to check out Shauntay's reading picks on page 27.

Thank You...

"'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding."  Alice Walker, author

from 'Up Home' with illustrator Susan Tooke

every word i've written
every story i've told
and all the roads
i've not near enough 
to express my thanks
for family, friends
students, supporters
colleagues, clients
mentors, muses...

to each of you:
my warmest gratitude

my deepest love


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Previous events


Negotiating a Black Language in ELA (English Language Arts)

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Park Place Ramada Plaza Hotel, 240 Brownlow Ave., Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Shauntay Grant moderates this panel at the Association of Teachers of English of Nova Scotia (ATENS) Conference 2016. Featuring educators Melissa Downey, Tom Henderson, and Rachel Ross-Mantley. Two consecutive sessions beginning at 9am and 10:15 am. Visit the link below for conference details.

Stitched Stories: Shauntay Grant and Family in conversation

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Dalhousie Art Gallery, 6101 University Ave., Halifax

"Stitched Stories: The Family Quilts" is on display at the Dalhousie Art Gallery until November 27. JJoin Shauntay Grant as she invites her grandmother and other family members to consider the themes of the exhibit, and pay tribute to their matriarch (Simmonds) and the life-giving work she performed with her hands. For more information on the exhibit visit


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Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

WORD is an intimate listening experience for one audience member at a time. Where conventional spoken word performances are staged for moderate to large crowds, WORD plays with the expectation of audience and performer in a brief but ardent 8-minute presentation.

PERFORMANCE DATES/TIMES: September 21 : 12pm - 2pm / September 22 : 12pm - 2pm & 6pm - 8pm

12 performances; 8 minutes and 1 audience member per

Downhill from here: A Sensorial Geography

Citadel Hill, Halifax

Shauntay Grant joins Narrative in Space + Time Society's public art event, in conjunction with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia exhibition Terroir: A Nova Scotia Retrospective. Through the experience of walking, "Downhill From Here: A Sensorial Geography" will feature activities and presentations by artists, performers and storytellers, and creatively engage participants in the ambivalences of Halifax history. Meet near the entrance to the fort, on the hill overlooking the town clock, at 11:45 a.m.

Stitched Stories: The Family Quilts opening reception

Dalhousie Art Gallery, 6101 University Ave., Halifax, Nova Scotia

Curated by Shauntay Grant, this exhibition features a handful of quilts selected by Grant from the heritage holdings of her family, prominently those of her grandmother the Reverend Alfreda Smith. Grant’s own creative response to the quilts—and equally, the stories they keep—will produce a new ‘poetic patchwork’ developing inside the Gallery over the course of the exhibition. 'Stitched Stories' is on display at the Dalhousie Art Gallery from September 1 through November 27.


Negotiating a Black Language in Children's Literature

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Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

Shauntay Grant moderates this panel at the Canadian Writers Summit, and as part of the Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs annual conference. Visit for conference details.

Ship's Company Theatre

Ship's Company Theatre, 18 Main Street, Parrsboro

Shauntay Grant brings her fusion of spoken word and music to Ship's Company Theatre's Monday Night Concert Series. Featuring special guest jazz pianist Silvio Pupo.

International Maroon Conference

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Asafu Yard , Charles Town, Portland, Jamaica

Shauntay Grant joins an international roster of artists and scholars presenting at the 7th Annual International Maroon Conference in Charles Town, Jamaica.

When Sisters Speak

St Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front Street East, Toronto

Shauntay Grant joins the 15th anniversary lineup for When Sisters Speak, North America’s largest and longest running annual showcase of Black, female spoken word poets.


Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street, Vancouver

Shauntay Grant joins writers Curtis LeBlanc, Miriam Libicki, and Matt Snell for the November instalment of UBC's MFA reading series Locution.