Against the Grain Theatre commissions 'Identity: A Song Cycle' Exploring Multiple and Shifting Identities
Opera Wire (2021)

Toronto’s Against the Grain Theatre (AtG) has announced the commission of composer Dinuk Wijeratne and writer/poet Shauntay Grant’s “Identity: A Song Cycle.” Baritone Elliot Madore will perform the cycle that charts the protagonist’s journey of self-discovery. (click here to read more)

21 Halifax playwrights share their visions of the future of Blackness
CBC (2020)

Shauntay Grant's Beyere and Jacob Sampson's Umoja Corp. part of 21 Black Futures (click here to read more)

Picture this: These beautiful books help children read the world
The Conversation (2020)

Contemporary Canadian picture books are sweeping readers off their feet with compelling images as well as -.or instead of - words (click here to read more)


31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Board Books
School Library Journal (2020)

Gorgeous. The best looking board book of the year, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. (click here to read more)

Decolonize your kids' bookshelf with these stories featuring characters of colour
Today's Parent (2020)

Switching up the books in your family collection is just a small step toward raising anti-racist kids, but it’s an important one. (click here to read more)

Here's everyone who won at Theatre Nova Scotia's Merritt Awards this week
The Coast (2020)

The night's biggest winners were Shauntay Grant's play The Bridge —a story of two brothers reunited for a funeral in an unnamed Black Nova Scotian community—and Neptune's 2018-2019 season closing musical, The Color Purple. (click here to read more)

Featured Member - Shauntay Grant
Playwrights Guild of Canada (2020)

Each month we interview member playwrights to share their work, stories and inspiration with the community. We recently spoke with Shauntay Grant, a Nova Scotian playwright, poet, performance artist, and children’s author. (click here to read more)

My Hair Is Beautiful
CM: Canadian Review of Materials (2020)

My Hair is Beautiful showcases photos of young African Canadian children in various hair styles, from “fluffy” and “frizzy” to “tucked” and “braided”. (click here to read more)

31 Black Canadian female playwrights you need to know
CBC (2020)

A playwright, poet and author of children's literature, Shauntay Grant is absolutely right when she identifies herself as a storyteller. Halifax's third poet laureate, Grant's accolades are plentiful. Her play The Bridge opened last year to wide critical acclaim. (click here to read more)

Color Purple, The Bridge nab Merrit nominations
The Chronicle Herald (2020)

The Color Purple and The Bridge each received multiple nominations for Theatre Nova Scotia Merritt Awards (click here to read more)

The Bridge and the Color Purple lead 2019 Merrit Award nominations
NS Review (2020)

The Color Purple (Neptune Theatre) and Shauntay Grant’s The Bridge (2b theatre and Neptune Theatre in association with Obsidian Theatre) have each received multiple nominations for the annual Robert Merritt Awards. (click here to read more)

Day 28: Shauntay Grant
The Brown Bookshelf (2020)

Drawing from her African Nova Scotian heritage, Shauntay Grant pays homage to the past and celebrates kids today through her many award-winning children’s books. Community, lyricism and authenticity are hallmarks of her work. (click here to read more)

First and Best 2019
Toronto Public Libraries (2019)

Our top picks of the best Canadian children's books for building reading readiness in kids under five. (click here to read more)

Take a tour of Africville with Amanda Parris and author Shauntay Grant
CBC (November 8, 2019)

Home to Halifax's Black community for generations, Grant wants readers to feel her love for the place. (click here to read more)

Best Book
The Coast (November 2019)

Shortlisted for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and the upcoming Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masters Arts Award, Africville is a look at the history of a community through the eyes of a little girl. (click here to read more)

Tell Me A Story: A roundup of the best new children's books by local authors
The Coast (October 2019)

The Halifax poet, playwright, spoken-word artist and children's author has written a board book that celebrates babies and toddlers with natural hair; Afros, cornrows, dreadlocks and more... This book is sure to help little humans love their twisty, twirly, curly hair! (click here to read more)

My Hair Is Beautiful
Quill & Quire (September 2019)

Halifax writer and illustrator Shauntay Grant brilliantly takes on a topic that will resonate widely. (click here to read more)

30 Canadian picture books to watch for this fall
CBC Books (August 16, 2019)

Shauntay Grant's latest picture book is a celebration of natural hair. (click here to read more)

Shauntay Grant on upholding the Nova Scotia legacy of Africville in a children's book
CBC Radio: The Next Chapter (April 27, 2019)

Poet and author Shauntay Grant wanted to celebrate her Nova Scotia roots and history by depicting the underreported story of Africville, the vibrant black community in Halifax that thrived for more than 150 years before being demolished by the government in the 1960s. (click here to read more)

The Bridge Is Breathtaking
TWISI: The Way I See It Theatre Blog (Jan. 29, 2019)

January 25th, 2019, was the first time that a female African Nova Scotian playwright had her work premiere on the Fountain Hall stage of Neptune Theatre in Halifax. There is no one more worthy of this historic milestone than the extraordinary Shauntay Grant, and her play The Bridge plays there until February 10th (click here to read more)

Neptune hosts first African-Nova Scotian playwright in 20 years
The Signal (Jan. 24, 2019)

The play begins and the stage is lit by a single light; it highlights a man sitting at a table, carving a wooden cross with a pocket knife. (click here to read more)

Halifax writer reflects on celebration, exploration of African Nova Scotian culture in new play
The Star (Jan. 6, 2019)

"Full of surprises and lots of secrets" is how Halifax's former poet laureate Shauntay Grant describes The Bridge, her first professional theatre production to premiere at Neptune Theatre later this month. (click here to read more)

Halifax theatre spotlights new voices
The Star (Jan. 1, 2019)

Grant captures the unique cadences of her community... (click here to read more)

New play by Shauntay Grant coming to Neptune Theatre
CBC Radio (Jan. 4, 2019)

Poet, performance artist, children's book author. Now, Halifax's Shauntay Grant can add one more feather to her artistic cap: professional playwright. Hear about her new play debuting this month. (click here to read more)

The best Canadian YA and children's literature of 2018 
CBC Books (Dec. 19, 2018)

Shauntay Grant and Eva Campbell tell the story of Africville through the eyes of a young girl visiting for the annual Africville Reunion/Festival. (click here to read more)

The Globe 100: Our favourite books of 2018 
The Globe and Mail (Nov. 30, 2018)

Those desperate to hold on to some feeling of warmer days might find solace here, Shauntay Grant and Eva Campbell take a tactile approach to bringing to life the titular historic community... (click here to read more)

CM Magazine (Nov. 2, 2018)

Africville tells the tale of a young girl in modern day Halifax, Nova Scotia, who is visiting the site of the former Africville community on the shores of the Bedford Basin. (click here to read more)

Haligonian Shauntay Grant Shares the Essence of a Place and its People in Africville
Atlantic Books Today (Nov. 7, 2018)

"Take me to the end of the ocean..." So begins this paean to the once-thriving Nova Scotian community of Africville. (click here to read more)

Africville in national spotlight as Grant's book up for Governor General's Literary Award
The Chronicle Herald (Oct. 29, 2018)

Shauntay Grant's latest lauded children's book was written pretty much where it is set. Africville, by the Halifax author and British Columbia illustrator Eva Campbell, is nominated in the Young People's Literature — Illustrated Books category of the Governor General's Literary Awards. (click here to read more)

Quill & Quire (Oct. 2018)

In Africville, a child visits the annual Africville Reunion/Festival and her imagination transports her back in time before the historic Black community was razed by the city of Halifax in the name of "urban renewal." (click here to read more)

Why Shauntay Grant created a children's book to revisit the legacy of Africville
CBC Books (Oct. 23, 2018)

Shauntay Grant is an award-winning Canadian poet and author who collaborated with illustrator Eva Campbell to depict the underreported story of Africville. (click here to read more

Halifax author Shauntay Grant among nominees for Governor General's Literary Award
The Chronicle Herald (Oct 3, 2018)

Shauntay Grant of Halifax is nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award. Africville, by Grant and British Columbia illustrator Eva Campbell, is in the running in the Young People's Literature-Illustrated Books category. (click here to read more)

CanLit for LittleCanadians (Sept 26, 2018)

Though Africville, a Nova Scotia community founded by former slaves and Black Loyalists in the 1800s, is sadly a legacy of racial discrimination and abandonment, Shauntay Grant chooses to tell the story of the community and all the goodness one child sees in Africville. (click here to read more)

Shauntay Grant's Africville Captures Beautifully the Spirit of Home
TWISI (Sept 14, 2018)

It was a gorgeous day on the grounds of the Africville Museum yesterday for the launch of Shauntay Grant’s new children’s book Africville (click here to read more)

Shauntay Grant builds a sense of home in Africville
The Coast (Sept 13, 2018)

The acclaimed poet appears at Prismatic and Word On The Street with her new book, which provides vivid memories of an African Nova Scotian community. (click here to read more)

Shauntay Grant brings an Important Chapter of Black Canadian History to the Page for Children
Open Book (Sept 4, 2018)

It's a powerful book that brings an important chapter of Canadian history to life for young readers, and we're excited to welcome Shauntay to Open Book today to speak about Africville. (click here to read more)

Children's book to examine heart of historic Africville community in Halifax
The Star Halifax (July 16, 2018)

A hopeful tale of resiliency, community and the universal feeling of home are conveyed through the eyes of a young girl in a new picture book being released in September celebrating the community of Africville. (click here to read more)

Kirkus Review - Book Review (June 2018)

Africville, a historic black community that was located on the shores of Nova Scotia, is described from a child’s perspective in this nostalgic picture book. (click here to read more)


Grant's Tale of the Hard-won Rewards of Being Different
Atlantic Books Today - Book Review (October 31, 2017)

Celebrated poet Shauntay Grant has crafted a warm-hearted Halloween tale that focuses on one girl’s ingenuity and the courage it sometimes takes to dare to do something different. (click here to read more)

The Walking Bathroom
CM Magazine - Book Review (October 13, 2017)

The Walking Bathroom, written by Shauntay Grant and illustrated by Erin Bennett Banks, is a fun story about breaking the norm. (click here to read more)

Shauntay Grant's book celebrates the magic of being true to ourselves
The Chronicle Herald (October 16, 2017)

Poet, playwright, professor and author Shauntay Grant is back with her fourth children’s book, The Walking Bathroom. It’s a re-imagined story from her childhood about being unique, standing out and inspiring others. (click here to read more)

Children's Book Reviews: The Walking Bathroom
National Reading Campaign (October 4, 2017)

With its lyrical text and pleasing repetition, this not-so-spooky tale is a perfect read-aloud choice and a sweet Hallowe'en treat. (click here to read more)

'It's Almost Like Coming Home': New art project at Halifax museum shows Maroon history, one man's journey
Metro Halifax (April 28, 2017)

Jamaican artist Tyshan Wright and his wife, former Halifax Poet Laureate Shauntay Grant, collaborated on a project as part of a new exhibit at Pier 21. (click here to read more)

The Bridge explores secrets and the past
Local Express (February 24, 2017)

Shauntay Grant is bringing her latest stage play to life in collaboration with 2b Theatre and director Anthony Black. The Bridge is steeped in the past and present of a rural African Nova Scotian community and follows the trials and tribulations of a family with some hidden secrets. (click here to read more)

Shauntay Grant explores forgiveness in the Bridge
Local Express (February 24, 2017)

2b theatre company presents a special one-night in-progress showing of The Bridge, a new play in development by Shauntay Grant and an exploration of faith, family, and forgiveness in a rural African Nova Scotian community... (click here to read more)

Mayann Francis, Shauntay Grant find common threads in fabric exhibits
The Signal (November 18, 2017)

Former lieutenant governor and writer both have shows at Dalhousie Art Gallery. Mayann Francis and Shauntay Grant know textiles can speak and that materials have many stories to tell (click here to read more)

Quilt exhibit tells stories of African Nova Scotian family
CBC (November 17, 2016)

A new exhibit at the Dalhousie Art Gallery is displaying how one family kept warm during the winter for decades in North Preston, N.S. Stitched Stories: the Family Quilts is curated by Shauntay Grant... (click here to read more)

Shauntay Grant named 2b theatre playwright-in-residence
Local Express (September 13, 2016)
Shauntay Grant has been named 2b theatre's 2016-2018 playwright-in-residence. (click here to read more)

Stitched Stories: Former Halifax poet laureate shares family history via new exhibit
Metro News Halifax (September 2, 2016)
Scorch marks, pieces of coats, dresses and old sweaters are the fabric of an old family quilt that’s part of Shauntay Grant’s rich family history. (click here to read more)

For Shauntay Grant, nature stimulates the creative process
The Klondike Sun (July 13, 2016)
"I think of the river," Shauntay Grant said, when asked to reflect on her stay at Berton House, which ended the last week of June. (click here to read more)

The City Speaks In Drums
What Am I Going To Read: A reading log for young readers (March 23, 2016)
In this spoken word picture book, a pair of friends explore the lively city of Halifax and all that it has to offer. (click here to read more)

Thank You, North Preston
Atlantic Books Today (February 26, 2016)
Shauntay Grant’s 2008 picture book, Up Home, is the Halifax-based writer’s thank you note to the community that helped her become who she is today. (click here to read more)

25 Great Canadian #BlackGirlBooks
CBC (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 featured on 2015 Legacy Poster
The Legacy Poster (February 2015)
Legacy 2015: Forever! "celebrates those who have dedicated themselves to community development." (click here to read more)

Shauntay Grant to visit Yukon for writer in residence program
The Chronicle Herald (January 21, 2015)
Former Halifax poet laureate Shauntay Grant is one of four Canadian authors on the 2015-16 slate selected by the Writers’ Trust of Canada to attend the Berton House Writers’ Retreat. (click here to read more)

Writer's Trust Announces Future Berton House Residents
The Writers' Trust of Canada (January 19, 2015)
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 more)

Singing storytellers enchant audiences at Celtic Colours
The Chronicle Herald - Cape Breton (October 13, 2014)
The circle began with a modern take on African Nova Scotian tradition, courtesy of Halifax poet laureate Shauntay Grant, who wove her pieces together with the best of a djembe, summoning powerful, evocative memories of home, family, community and childhood. (click here to read more)

Spoken Word Artistry - Shauntay Grant, 'Say Sumthin'
LAPKAT - Album Review (October 6, 2014)
It’s a great work of neo-soul poetry, a deep exploration of the soul of storytelling, and so eminently listenable. Highly recommended! (click here to read more)

Atlantic Summer Reading Guide 2014
Atlantic Books Today (Summer 2014)
Shauntay Grant featured on the cover of the 2014 Atlantic Summer Reading Guide. Click here to check out her summer reading picks on page 27.


Shauntay Grant, Say Sumthin (independent)
The Chronicle Herald - Album Review (June 11, 2014)
More than just a collection of tangentally connected songs, Say Sumthin by Halifax vocalist and poet Shauntay Grant is a bona fide listening experience, a remarkable journey... (click here to read more)

Grant to perform at Glasgow Square
The News - New Glasgow (February 6, 2014)
Shauntay Grant remembers the family get-togethers from her childhood. Her relatives would all be gathered in a room each trying to upstage the other. They didn’t just use their voices to tell the stories. They used their entire bodies. Grant didn’t appreciate it for what it was then, but she quite confidently describes it today. “It didn’t really register to me as art, but in retrospect it is,” she said. (click here to read more)

Artist Shauntay Grant to perform at Glasgow Square
The News - New Glasgow (January 28, 2014)
Shauntay Grant will be the featured performer for African Heritage Month celebrations in New Glasgow... “We are honoured to host Shauntay Grant as a key component of the Town of New Glasgow’s African Heritage Month activities,” said Mayor Barrie MacMillan. “Shauntay’s work is recognized both nationally and internationally and she is an inspiring talent.” (click here to read more)

Apples and Butterflies
CM Magazine - Book Review (March 1, 2013)
Apples and Butterflies is a poem/story about a family's and, in particular, a young girl's experience of autumn at their home of Prince Edward Island. The author, Shauntay Grant, makes readers want to go to the location of the story and experience it for themselves. The beauty of the story, though, is that it seems to take place anywhere the sun shines, the water flows against the shore, and the sand runs through your fingers... (click here to read more)

Apples and Butterflies
The Chronicle Herald - Book Review (February 3, 2013)
Shauntay Grant — spoken word performer, former Halifax poet laureate and award-winning author — says children’s literature “just sort of found me.” And it’s a good thing it did. Apples and Butterflies, a joyous, lyrical work about a girl’s autumn P.E.I. vacation, is Grant’s third children’s book... (click here to read more)

The young and the relentless
The Chronicle Herald (December 2, 2012)
Poet Shauntay Grant and coach Jonah Taussig, two of Halifax’s young leaders, are both fulfilling roles they seemed predestined for, though in Grant’s case, trying to describe exactly what she does for a living requires a list... (click here to read more)

Nova Scotia's rich black heritage
BBC fast:track (May 23, 2012)
The Black presence in Canada goes back 400 years... but only now is Nova Scotia really waking up to the value of this heritage, thanks in large part to some major players in the arts world... (click here to watch video)

The City Speaks In Drums
Goodreads - Book Review (February 7, 2012)
Shauntay Grant creates an appealing and accessible follow-up to the award-winning Up Home... (click here to read more)

Shauntay Grant: Jazz Fest day five
The Coast (July 14, 2011)
Curating a Jazz Festival can be an incredible opportunity to showcase a plethora of artists from an array of genres. The melding of music is inherent to jazz. Presented by Word On The Street, local poet and performer Shauntay Grant's Wordrhythm fuses spoken word, melody and heart... (click here to read more)

Maroon Convention Has Tourism Potential
Jamaican Gleaner (July 9, 2011)
Shauntay Grant, a descendant of the Trelawny Town Maroons - who were deceived, kidnapped and taken to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada - and an award-winning international spoken-word artiste gave an enthralling performance telling the story of the deported Maroons... (click here to read more)

The City Speaks Through Shauntay Grant
Atlantic Books Today - Cover Story (Fall 2010)
The future poet laureate of Halifax was sixteen years old sitting on her dusty rose coloured sofa. Her eyes were focused on the television set in its wooden frame plunked in the centre of her living room. It was supposed to be just another night watching “Live at the Apollo” with her family Shauntay Grant had no idea that her life was about to change... (click here to read more)

Writer In Residence: Fall 2010
The Vancouver Writers Fest (Fall 2010)
Shauntay Grant, Nova Scotia's Poet Laureate, award winning author, acclaimed spoken-word poet and CBC broadcaster wove her magic in Trail, B.C. as this year's Writer In Residence... (click here to read more)

Poet laureate inspires local students
Trail Daily Times (October 29, 2010)
A J.L. Crowe Secondary School librarian pulled off a literary coup this week securing the services of one of Canada's premiere poets as writer-in-residence at the Trail high school. Teacher-librarian, Marilyn Lunde, welcomed Halifax poet laureate Shauntay Grant to Trail on Sunday after the poet participated in the Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival the previous week... (click here to read more)

The City Speaks In Drums
CM Magazine - Book Review (September 10, 2010)
If asked, any child or adult could easily tell you what makes their city special to her/him. For Shauntay Grant, it's the sounds of the city that make Halifax special. The City Speaks in Drums takes readers on a tour of Halifax and the music, intentional or accidental, to be found on every corner... (click here to read more)

Bringing Halifax to life
The Globe and Mail (August 20, 2010)
Spoken-word artist Shauntay Grant is Halifax's poet laureate. She struts her stuff in this vibrant picture book that combines both her favoured medium of expression and her obvious and deep affection for her hometown... (click here to read more)

Hundreds attend literary festival
Truro Daily News (July 25, 2010)
Organizers of the annual Read By the Sea have closed the book on another successful literary festival, which drew hundreds of people to River John on Saturday. More than 50 children had an opportunity to explore their creative side with award winning authors Kit Pearson and Shauntay Grant at a Word Play workshop in the morning... (click here to read more)

Canadian Poets Laureate meet in Halifax
CBC National News
Poet Laureates across Canada met in Halifax this week... Shauntay Grant is Halifax's Poet Laureate; the convention was her idea. She wanted to raise the profile of Poets Laureate across the country, and to compare notes... (click here to see video)

Jazz Fest: Poetry gets sweaty
The Coast (July 16, 2010)
Four poets laureate from across Canada took to the small stage in front of a crowded Company House. Hosting the night, HRM poet laureate, author, singer and spoken word artist Shauntay Grant heralded it (and the performances the night before, on Wednesday at the same venue) as an experiment, a test of resolve and ability to take a risk by her colleagues in verse. Her experience on stages showed as she pretty much maintained the flow between poetic and musical sets. Other than that, she let others shine... (click here to read more)

Poets Laureate compare notes in Halifax
CBC News (July 15, 2010)
Shauntay Grant, poet laureate for Halifax, invited her colleagues from across the country to Halifax this week to perform at the jazz festival and compare notes... (click here to read more)

Review: Tree of Life
The Coast (March 22, 2010)
If you missed Xara’s Tree of Life concert last Saturday, you missed another one-of-a-kind musical experience. It was the choir’s most cohesive show to date, with the theme of growing into womanhood reflected in song, sculpture and spoken word. Sarah Irwin’s lovely towering tree stood centre stage, bathed in an ever-changing rainbow of light. Shauntay Grant’s powerful, poignant poem “From Here” premiered as the heart and soul of the show... (click here to read more)

Shauntay Grant: record breaker
The Coast (February 11, 2010)
Sometimes when you hear a voice, that voice sinks into your soul. That's how it is with Shauntay Grant. This Halifax performer captivates an audience the moment she starts to perform.... (click here to read more)

Children's Books
The Globe and Mail - Book Review (August 14, 2009)
Spoken-word artist, poet, writer and journalist, Shauntay Grant has just been named Halifax's Poet Laureate. In this picture-book long poem, she makes a nostalgic journey back to her childhood in North Preston... (click here to read more)

Students get up close with writer
The Digby Courier (December 16, 2008)
One of Nova Scotia's prominent black communities came to life for youngsters at Weymouth Consolidated School last week when they met Nova Scotian poet and musician Shauntay Grant who shared her newly published book 'Up Home'... (click here to read more)

Up Home
Quill & Quire (July/August 2008)
A real community, complete with vividly drawn portraits of real residents, comes to life in Shauntay Grant and Susan Tooke’s Up Home, a tender portrayal of Grant’s memories of growing up in the close-knit black community of North Preston, Nova Scotia... (click here to read more)