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)
Africville nominated for Governor General's Literary Award
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Africville Book Launch
Join Shauntay Grant for the launch of her newest picture book Africville - a collaboration with illustrator Eva Campbell - on Thursday September 13th, 11:00AM - 12:30PM at the Africville Museum (for details please contact event hosts Prismatic Arts Festival).
Shauntay will also be joined by former Africville residents for a special presentation of her book at Halifax's annual Word On The Street Festival. Stop by the Halifax Central Library from 2:00PM - 2:50PM on Saturday September 15th, and stick around afterwards for a book signing.
NS Public Libraries Summer Tour
Africville now available for pre-order
When a young girl visits the site of Africville, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the stories she’s heard from her family come to mind. She imagines what the community was once like —the brightly painted houses nestled into the hillside, the field where boys played football, the pond where all the kids went rafting, the bountiful fishing, the huge bonfires.
Africville was a vibrant Black community for more than 150 years. But even though its residents paid municipal taxes, they lived without running water, sewers, paved roads and police, fire-truck and ambulance services. In the 1960s, city officials decided to demolish the community, moving people out in city dump trucks and relocating them in public housing. Today, Africville has been replaced by a park, where former residents and their families gather each summer to remember their community.
The Walking Bathroom book launch
The Bridge: a work-in-progress showing
February 7, 2016 – 2b theatre presents a work-in-progress showing of The Bridge, a new play in development by Shauntay Grant. Click here for more details.
Shauntay Grant announced as 2b playwright-in-residence
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
Art Bar Poetry Series
Shauntay Grant reads at Toronto's Art Bar Poetry Series.
Rowers Pub Reading Series
Shauntay Grant reads at Toronto's Rowers Pub Reading Series
Poetry In Motion
Shauntay Grant joins Jamaica's celebrated annual poetry showcase, featuring Yasus Afari, Mutabaruka, Barbara Gloudon, and more!
Ship's Company Theatre
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
Shauntay Grant joins an international roster of artists and scholars presenting at the 7th Annual International Maroon Conference in Charles Town, Jamaica.
Black Loyalist Heritage Centre Grand Opening Celebration
Shauntay Grant joins a dynamic roster of artists for "Journey Back To Birchtown", a musical presentation in honour of the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre's official opening.
South-North Griots Summit
A spectacular array of national and international spoken word and musical talent alongside world beat/urban musicians.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Jazz Appreciation Month with Shauntay Grant
Join spoken word artist and musician Shauntay Grant for a performance that fuses high-impact poetry with the spirited sounds of jazz and neo-soul. Presented by JazzEast and Halifax Public Libraries in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month.
Black Theatre Workshop's Discovery Series presents The Bridge by Shauntay Grant
Black Theatre Workshop presents a staged reading of The Bridge, a new play by Shauntay Grant, as part if its annual Discovery Series.