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. (click here to read more)

Shauntay Grant announced as 2b playwright-in-residence

September 1, 2016 – 2b welcomes award-winning writer and educator Shauntay Grant as the company’s 2016-2018 playwright in residence. Over the next few years, Ms. Grant will work with 2b theatre company to develop her new play, The Bridge. Click here to read full announcement.

Stitched Stories: The Family Quilts

Stitched Stories: The Family Quilts opens Thursday Sept 1 at 7PM at the Dalhousie Art Gallery (6101 University Ave., Halifax, Nova Scotia). The exhibition will be on display at the gallery until November 27.

Curated by Shauntay Grant, the exhibition features a handful of quilts selected by Grant from the heritage holdings of her family, prominently those of her grandmother, the Reverend Alfreda Smith. Grant’s own creative response to the quilts – and equally, the stories they keep – will produce a new ‘poetic patchwork’ developing inside the Gallery over the course of the exhibit.

Click here to read a Metro News article about the exhibit and to view some of the work on display.

Shauntay Grant writer-in-residence at Berton House

April 2016 Shauntay Grant begins a three-month writing residency at historic Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon. Click here for more details.

Thank You, North Preston

February 26, 2016 – Atlantic Books Today revisits author Shauntay Grant and illustrator Susan Tooke's award-winning picture book, Up Home (Nimbus, 2008). Click here to read full article.

25 great Canadian #BlackGirlBooks

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 joins Dalhousie University academic staff

July 1, 2015 - Shauntay Grant joins the academic staff at Dalhousie University, teaching in the Creative Writing Program. Dalhousie offers courses in poetry, fiction, narrative non-fiction, and playwriting. Click here for details.

Writers' Trust Announces Future Berton House Residents

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 full press release.

Shauntay Grant featured on 2015 LEGACY Poster

Click here to read LAPKAT's review of Say Sumthin,
or visit the online store to sample music from the album.
Click here to check out Shauntay's reading picks on page 27.

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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Negotiating a Black Language in ELA (English Language Arts)

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Park Place Ramada Plaza Hotel, 240 Brownlow Ave., Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Shauntay Grant moderates this panel at the Association of Teachers of English of Nova Scotia (ATENS) Conference 2016. Featuring educators Melissa Downey, Tom Henderson, and Rachel Ross-Mantley. Two consecutive sessions beginning at 9am and 10:15 am. Visit the link below for conference details.