Shauntay Grant

Associate Professor

Shauntay Grant headshot

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

Teaching

Education

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

Shauntay Grant is a writer and performance artist from K'jipuktuk (Halifax, Nova Scotia). She is a member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada, 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 Nova Scotia during the 18th and 19th centuries, Shauntay's love of language stretches back to her storytelling roots in the province'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 Black Nova Scotian history and folk culture as well as contemporary approaches to literature and performance. Visit her online at shauntaygrant.com.

Selected Publications (alphabetically by genre):
 

Children & YA

  •  Africville. Moncton: Bouton d'Or Acadie, 2020.
  • My Hair is Beautiful. Halifax: Nimbus, 2019.
  • Africville. Toronto: Groundwood, 2018.
  • 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.

Non-Fiction

  • "The University as Epic, the Epic as Gospel, the Gospel as Lore: An Interview With George Elliott Clarke." Michigan: Gale/Cengage Learning, 2019.
  • "The University as Epic, the Epic as Gospel, the Gospel as Lore: An Interview With George Elliott Clarke." The Dalhousie Review. Ed. Anthony Enns. Halifax: The Dalhousie Review, 2018.
  • “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.

Playwriting

  • The Bridge. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2021. (forthcoming)

Poetry

  • "t(her)e". Poetry In Motion. Halifax: Writers Federation of Nova Scotia, 2019.
  • "will (2)."Aubade. Boularderie Island Press, 2018.
  • "jazz fest". TOK Magazine. Toronto: Diaspora Dialogues, 2018.
  • “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

  • "The City Speaks In Drums". Drifts. Halifax: Narratives in Space + Time Society/MindSea Inc., 2018.
  • Say Sumthin. Halifax: Wordrhythm, 2014.
  • “Home.” iLit Digital Collection. Whitby: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 2012.
  •  “Life Lessons.” Live Ink! Online. Don Mills: Pearson Canada, 2011.

Theatre Productions

  • The Bridge, a three-act drama that premiered on Neptune Theatre's MainStage in 2019 (a co-production between 2b theatre and Neptune, in association with Obsidian Theatre).
  • WORD, a spoken word stage performance presented by Onelight Theatre as part of the 2016 Prismatic Arts Festival.

Art Gallery and Museum Exhibitions

  • Every. Now. Then. Reframing Nationhood. (Art Gallery of Ontario exhibits multidisciplinary installation Grandmother, Teach Me – curated by Grant – as part of national group exhibition)  2017
  • Canada: Day 1 (Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 exhibits collaborative work Abeng presented as part of national group exhibition) 2017
  • Stitched Stories: The Family Quilts (Dalhousie Art Gallery exhibits poetry, spoken word, and family heritage quilts; curated by Grant) 2016
  • Up Home (Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design exhibits text and original illustrations from the award-winning picture book) 2010
  • Up Home (Art Gallery of Nova Scotia exhibits text and original illustrations from the award-winning picture book) 2009
  • Up Home (Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia exhibits text and original illustrations from the award-winning picture book) 2009

Recognitions (Awards, Fellowships, Grants, Scholarships, Residencies)

  • Robert Merritt Award for "Outstanding New Play By A Nova Scotian" (Theatre Nova Scotia, 2020)
  • Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award (Canadian Children's Book Centre Book Awards, 2019)
  • Finalist Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards (2019)
  • Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award Finalist (Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards Foundation, 2019)
  • Finalist for Governor General's Literary Award for Young People's Literature - Illustrated Books (Governor General's Literary Awards, 2018)
  • Playwright-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)