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)

NS Public Libraries Summer Tour

Africville now available for pre-order

Shauntay Grant's newest picture book, Africville (Groundwood Books), is available for pre-order from Chapters Indigo and Amazon.

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 Today, Africville has been replaced by a park, where former residents and their families gather each summer to remember their community.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

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.
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Previous events

International Maroon Conference

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Asafu Yard , Charles Town, Portland

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.

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.

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

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.