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 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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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.

Whitney Pier Welcome

Holy Ghost Ukrainian Church Hall, 49 West Street, Sydney, Cape Breton

In conjunction with Cape Breton University’s Singing Storytellers International Conference, Celtic Colours welcomes artists Shauntay Grant, Julian Kytasty, Lillis Ó Laoire, Colin Grant and Mary Jane Lamond for an afternoon exploration of music and stories from Ukrainian, African Nova Scotian, Irish and Cape Breton traditions.

Bards of the World

Cape Breton University Boardmore Playhouse, Sydney, Cape Breton

Shauntay Grant joins an international roster of storytellers for Bards of the World, a concert presented by Celtic Colours International Festival in partnership with Cape Breton University’s Singing Storytellers International Conference.

Singing Storytellers: The Lives, Music and Verbal Artistry of Bards in our World

Cape Breton University, Sydney, Cape Breton

Shauntay Grant presents her performance/lecture "Orality & Poetry: Cultivating Melody, Metre, and Memory in the Storytelling Body" at this international symposium presented by Cape Breton University and in partnership with Celtic Colours International Festival and CBC Cape Breton.

Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival: Folk Steps Music Conference

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Shauntay Grant curates and hosts the 2014 Folk Steps Music Conference at the 29th annual Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival. This year's conference highlights African Nova Scotian folk traditions and features an exciting roster of artists including Toronto Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke, North Preston gospel group The Sanctified Brothers, and members of Jamaica's Charles Town Maroon Drummers and Dancers.

SAY SUMTHIN Album Release

The Sonic Temple, 1674 Hollis Street, Halifax

Join Shauntay Grant for an intimate performance featuring songs and spoken word from her new recording project SAY SUMTHIN. Thursday June 12, 2014 @ The Sonic Temple (1674 Hollis St., Halifax). Two shows: 6:30 PM & 8:30 PM

Writing Your Life Story 2014

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Tatamagouche Centre, 259 Loop Route 6, RR#3, Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, CA

Join us for a weekend of writing and reflecting, considering your life’s journey, and creating a visual memoir to keep or share with loved ones. Using art, meditation, and reflection, facilitators Shauntay Grant and Enrique Ferreol (visual artist) will guide you through exercises to help capture your own personal history and life lessons.

Program Cost: $380 (tuition + meals/accommodation)

"I Will Be Myself": Identity in Children's Literature, Media & Culture

University of British Columbia, West Mall, Vancouver

Shauntay Grant presents at “I Will Be Myself: Identity in Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Media and Culture", a one-day conference showcasing graduate student research that explores, questions, and analyzes the issues surrounding identity in various elements of children’s and young adult literature.