“A tireless advocate for poets and for all literary and performing arts.”
– Kelly Shiers, The Chronicle Herald
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. Shauntay is currently developing her stage play The Bridge as Playwright-In-Residence at 2b theatre company. The Bridge will premiere on Neptune Theatre's main stage in 2019, a co-production between Neptune and 2b in association with Obsidian Theatre.
Shauntay is a descendant of Black Loyalists, Jamaican Maroons, and Black Refugees who came to Canada during the 18th and 19th centuries. Her love of language stretches back to her storytelling roots in Nova Scotia's historic Black communities, and her homegrown artistic practice embraces African Nova Scotian history and folk culture, as well as contemporary approaches to literature and performance. A multidisciplinary artist, Shauntay's professional degrees and training include a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, and a bachelor of music degree from Dalhousie University. Her awards and 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.
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, Jamaica's International Maroon Conference, and the 10th Anniversary Launch of the Freedom Schooner Amistad in Havana, Cuba. Connect with her on Facebook or join the Mailing List to stay updated on her latest news, visit the Press page to browse articles and reviews of her work, or visit the Contact page to send her a message.