Shauntay Grant is a writer, spoken word performer, broadcast journalist, and musician. She has shared her blend of poetry and music internationally at festivals and events, and as Halifax’s third Poet Laureate she organized Canada’s first national gathering of Canadian Poets Laureate in 2010. Shauntay regularly conducts arts workshops and performances for youth and adults at festivals, schools and community centres around the country. She coordinates the Halifax-based arts-for-social-change project Poets 4 Change, and she organizes Wordrhythm, a performance showcase that encourages collaboration between poets and musicians.
Shauntay was a Poet of Honour at the 2010 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Ottawa. Her original works of poetry and music have been featured nationally on radio and television, and in several anthologies. Her children’s picturebook memoir Up Home (Nimbus 2008) won a 2009 Best Atlantic Published Book Award, and her stage play Steal Away Home won the 2011 Jury Award for Outstanding Drama at the Atlantic Fringe Festival. Shauntay is the recipient of a 2011 INSPIRE Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters. She serves on the board of Youth Voices of Nova Scotia, and she is the host of CBC Radio’s regional music program All The Best.