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Shauntay Grant

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 conducts arts workshops and performances for youth and adults at festivals, schools and community centres around the country, and she was a Poet of Honour at the 2010 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Ottawa. Her children’s picture book 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’s been a regional music host for CBC Radio in the Maritimes, and she was the national host for CBC Radio’s Poetry Face-Off in 2008 and 2009. Shauntay serves on the board of Youth Voices of Nova Scotia and she coordinates CommUNITY, a spoken word showcase and charity event presented monthly in Halifax.

Awards and Honours: 

Atlantic Book Award Shortlist for The City Speaks In Drums (2011)

INSPIRE Award, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Halifax (2011)

Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award Shortlist for Up Home (2010)

Best Atlantic Published Book Award for Up Home Atlantic Book Awards (2009)

Poet of Honour, Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (2010)

Poet Laureate, Halifax Regional Municipality (2009)

Principal Residences: 

Halifax, NS


Up Home (2008)

The City Speaks in Drums (2010)

The City Speaks in Drums (2010) (Book and CD)

Apples and Butterflies (2012)

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