“A tireless advocate for poets and for all literary and performing arts.” 
– Kelly Shiers, The Chronicle Herald

Shauntay Grant
is a writer, author, spoken word performer, musician, educator, and journalist from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has shared her blend of poetry and music internationally at festivals and events, and as Halifax's third Poet Laureate she organized Canada's first national gathering of Canadian Poets Laureate... (click here to read more)



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"My mother says when I was young
I'd follow her, room to room,
asking the same question:
I think that ever since, 
I've been asking.
I hope I never find the answers; 
it's the questions that write the poems"

– Shauntay Grant

Thank You...

"'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding."  Alice Walker, author

from 'Up Home' with illustrator Susan Tooke

every word i've written
every story i've told
and all the roads
i've not near enough 
to express my thanks
for family, friends
students, supporters
colleagues, clients
mentors, muses...

to each of you:
my warmest gratitude

my deepest love


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"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.

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Young Writers 2014

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Tatamagouche Centre, 259 Loop Route 6, RR#3, Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, CA


A retreat program for creative writers age 13-18, and at all levels of experience. Youth with have opportunity to work with experienced writers, explore a variety of writing genres (spoken word, poetry, short story), create new work, and collaborate to complete a 'zine. Facilitators: Brian Braganza, Sheree Fitch, Shauntay Grant, Ken Ward

Program Cost: $660 (tuition + meals/accommodation); BURSARIES AVAILABLE! Age limit: 13-18

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Writing Your Life Story 2014

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Tatamagouche Centre, 259 Loop Route 6, RR#3, Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, CA


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)

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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.

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