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Shauntay Grant
Born Halifax, Nova Scotia
Occupation Poet, writer, professor
Genre Children's novel
Notable works
  • Up Home
  • Africville

Shauntay Grant is a Canadian poet, author and professor. Between 2009 and 2011, she acted as the third poet laureate of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is known for writing Africville, a children's book about a black community by the same name that used to exist in Halifax. Grant was nominated for the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award and was among the finalists.

Early life and education

Grant was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has a degree in music from Dalhousie University and a degree in journalism from the University of King's College.

Career

Grant began publishing her work after she was approached by Sandra McIntyre, a senior editor at Nimbus Publishing, during an event where she read a poem from her teenage years. The poem, called "Remember Preston", talked about her childhood experiences in North Preston, and on McIntyre's suggestion, was turned into a children's book, released in 2008 by the name of Up Home. Similarly, her following two books, The City Speaks In Drums (2010) and Apples and Butterflies (2012), were based on poems written by Grant.

While acting as Halifax's Poet Laureate, Grant was responsible for organizing the first Canadian Poets Laureate gathering, which happened in 2010.

In 2019, Grant's play, The Bridge, premiered at Neptune Theatre in Halifax as a co-production between Neptune and 2b Theatre, with Obsidian Theatre. She developed the play over several years and workshopped it with Eastern Front Theatre and Black Theatre Workshop. The Bridge tells the story of two estranged brothers in a rural Nova Scotian Black community. Grant won Outstanding New Play by a Nova Scotian at the 2020 Merritt Awards for The Bridge, which was also nominated for Outstanding Production.

Grant currently works as an associate professor for the Dalhousie University, where she teaches creative writing.

Works

Children's books

Spoken words

  • The City Speaks In Drums. 2010.
  • Say Sumthing. Halifax: Wordrhythm, 2014.

Plays

  • The Bridge (2019)
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