Shauntay Grant is a writer and storyteller who lives and works in K’jipuktuk (Halifax, Nova Scotia). She’s been Writer-In-Residence at 2b theatre company, and her stage play The Bridge premiered on Neptune Theatre’s mainstage in 2019 – a co-production between 2b and Neptune in association with Obsidian Theatre. The Bridge received 11 Robert Merritt Award Nominations, winning four including the award for Outstanding New Play. The book version of the play will be published in 2021 by Playwrights Canada Press.
Shauntay’s theatre works have been commissioned by Eastern Front Theatre and Obsidian Theatre, and presented by 2b theatre, b current, Black Theatre Workshop, Boca del Lupo, Eastern Front Theatre, Obsidian Theatre, Onelight Theatre, and Neptune Theatre. Her poems have been published in several anthologies and literary journals including the Fieldstone Review and Contemporary Verse 2: The Canadian Journal of Poetry and Critical Writing. An award-winning author of children’s literature, her most recent picture book Africville with illustrator Eva Campbell won the 2019 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards, and the Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award.
Shauntay holds professional degrees and training in creative writing, music, and theatre, and as a former Halifax Poet Laureate she organized Canada’s first national gathering of Canadian Poets Laureate. She is a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, and she teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University. shauntaygrant.com