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.
A descendant of Black Loyalists, Jamaican Maroons, and Black Refugees who came to Canada during the 18th and 19th centuries, Shauntay’s love of language stretches back to her storytelling roots in Nova Scotia’s historic Black communities. She is a multidisciplinary artist with professional degrees and training in creative writing, music, and theatre, and her homegrown artistic practice embraces African Nova Scotian folk tradition as well as contemporary approaches to literature and performance.
Shauntay is currently playwright-in-residence at 2b Theatre Company (located in Halifax), and one of four Canadian authors selected by the Writers’ Trust of Canada for its celebrated Berton House Writers Retreat in Dawson City, Yukon (2016). Her awards and honours include a Best Atlantic-Published Book prize from the Atlantic Book Awards, aPoet of Honour prize from Spoken Word Canada, and a Joseph S. Stauffer Prize in Writing and Publishing 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 (Halifax, Toronto, Kitchener), Ottawa’s Versefest, the Vancouver Writers Fest (where she was the 2010 Writer In Residence), Moncton’s Frye Festival, Toronto’s Luminato Festival, Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail Writers 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.
Shauntay Grant will be presenting her children’s book, The Walking Bathroom, at Fog Lit Festival 2017.