Shauntay Grant



Shauntay Grant is a poet, playwright, children’s author, and multimedia artist. Her love of literature stretches back to her storytelling roots in Nova Scotia’s historic Black communities. A multidisciplinary artist with professional degrees in creative writing, music, and journalism, she “creates artworks that are engaging and accessible, but also challenging, rigorous, and informed by deep research (The Royal Society of Canada).” Her honours include a Joseph S. Stauffer Prize in Writing and Publishing from the Canada Council for the Arts, a Robert Merritt Award for her stage play The Bridge, a Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award for her picture book Africville (a collaboration with illustrator Eva Campbell), and a Poet of Honour prize from the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word.

Shauntay Grant is an associate professor of creative writing at Dalhousie University, and a member of The Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists. She shares her blend of words and music internationally at festivals and events, and collaborates with visual artists and art galleries to create poetry-themed artworks, installations, and exhibitions. A former poet laureate for the City of Halifax, her poetry for children and adults has been published in educational resources, anthologies and literary journals.


  • My Fade Is Fresh (Penguin, 2022)
  • The Bridge (Playwrights Canada Press, 2021)
  • My Hair Is Beautiful (Nimbus, 2019)
  • Africville (Groundwood, 2018)
  • The Walking Bathroom (Nimbus, 2017)
  • Apples and Butterflies (Nimbus, 2012).
  • The City Speaks In Drums (Nimbus, 2010)
  • Up Home (Nimbus, 2008).


  • Joseph S. Stauffer Prize (Canada Council for the Arts); Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award (Canadian Children’s Book Awards); Robert Merritt Award (Theatre Nova Scotia); Established Artist Recognition Award (Arts Nova Scotia); Black Artist Recognition Award (Arts Nova Scotia); Spoken Word Canada Poet of Honour (Canadian Festival of Spoken Word); Best Atlantic Published Book Prize (Atlantic Book Awards); Governor General’s Literary Award finalist; Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Awards finalist; Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards finalist; Ann Connor Brimer Award finalist; Hackmatack Awards finalist.

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