Shauntay Grant

Shauntay Grant is an author, poet, playwright, and multimedia artist who lives and works in Kjipuktuk (Halifax, Nova Scotia). 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). She is the author of The Bridge, published by Playwrights Canada Press and winner of a Robert Merrit Award for Outstanding New Play by a Nova Scotian, and the editor of the forthcoming anthology From The Ashes: Six Solo Plays. Her work has been commissioned by Boca Del Lupo (Red Phone Project), Obsidian Theatre (21 Black Futures), Eastern Front Theatre (Micro Digitals Creation Project), Against the Grain Theatre (Identity: A Song Cycle), and others. Shauntay is the author of several books for children including Sandy Toes: A Summer Adventure (Abrams Appleseed, 2023) My Fade Is Fresh (Penguin Random House, 2022) and Africville which won the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Awards. Her honours include a Joseph S. Stauffer Prize in Writing and Publishing from the Canada Council for the Arts, and a Poet of Honour prize from the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. She is a former poet laureate for the City of Halifax, and she teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University.


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