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Shauntay Grant


Shauntay Grant 2
Department of English

Email: shauntay.grant@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-3488
Mailing Address: 
Room 3188, McCain Building 6135 University Ave. PO Box 15000 Halifax, N.-S. B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Orality and Poetry
  • Black Language in Children's Literature
  • Black Nova Scotians
  • Jamaican Maroons



  • BMus (Dalhousie University)
  • BJ (University of King’s College)
  • MFA (University of British Columbia)

Shauntay Grant is a writer and storyteller from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She publishes, performs, and teaches in several literary genres, and as Halifax’s third Poet Laureate (2009-11) she organized Canada’s first national gathering of Canadian Poets Laureate.

A descendant of Black Loyalists, Black Refugees, and Jamaican Maroons 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’s 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 in Writing and Publishing from the Canada Council for the Arts. She teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University, and as playwright-in-residence for 2b theatre company she is currently developing her stage play The Bridge.

For articles and reviews, event listings, and other info please visit ShauntayGrant.com

Selected Publications


Children & YA

  • The Walking Bathroom. Halifax: Nimbus, 2017
  • “Apples and Butterflies.” Whispers of Mermaids and Wonderful Things. Ed. Sheree Fitch, Anne Hunt. Halifax: Nimbus, 2017
  • “The Boy and the Story.” Sankofa Black Heritage Collection: Firsts. Ed. Natasha Henry, Tom Henderson. Oakville: Rubicon, 2014.
  • Apples and Butterflies. Halifax: Nimbus, 2012.
  • The City Speaks In Drums. Halifax: Nimbus, 2010.
  • Up Home. Halifax: Nimbus, 2008.


  • “Negotiating a Black Vernacular in Children’s Literature.” Talking History. Ed. Kerry Clare. Toronto: 49th Shelf, 2015.
  • “The Art In Trusting Your Voice.” iLit Digital Collection. Whitby: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 2012.


  • “mirror.” Contemporary Verse 2 (CV2). Winnipeg: Contemporary Verse 2 (CV2), 2016.
  • “passing.” The Fieldstone Review. Saskatoon: The Fieldstone Review, 2015.
  • “firsts.” Sankofa Black Heritage Collection: Firsts. Ed. Natasha Henry, Tom Henderson. Oakville: Rubicon, 2014.
  • “Grandmother.” The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry. Calgary: Frontenac House, 2012.
  • “t(her)e.” TOK: Writing The New City – Book IV. Toronto: Zephyr Press, 2009.

Spoken Word

  • Say Sumthin. Halifax: Wordrhythm, 2014.
  • “Home.” iLit Digital Collection. Whitby: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 2012.
  •  “Life Lessons.” Live Ink! Online. Don Mills: Pearson Canada, 2011.

Awards and Honours

  • 2b theatre company writer-in-residence (2b theatre company, 2016–2018)
  • Berton House Writers’ Retreat Writer-In-Residence (Writers Trust of Canada, 2015-16 cohort)
  • Joseph S. Stauffer Prize in Writing and Publishing (Canada Council for the Arts, 2015)
  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2014)
  • Arts Graduate Research Award (University of British Columbia, 2014)
  • Faculty of Arts Graduate Award (University of British Columbia, 2013)
  • Finalist for Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature (Atlantic Book Awards, 2011)
  • Jury Award for Outstanding Drama (Atlantic Fringe Festival, 2011)
  • Finalist for Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award (2010)
  • Poet of Honour Award (Spoken Word Canada, 2010)
  • Best Atlantic-Published Book Award (Atlantic Book Awards, 2010)
  • Sauvé Scholars Fellowship (Jeanne Sauvé Foundation, 2009-10)
  • Poet Laureate of Halifax (Halifax Regional Municipality, 2009-11)