Halifax’s Poet Laureate

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Halifax’s 2009 Poet Laureate illustrates the possibilities for young women’s art, activism and leadership. Halifax-based Shauntay Grant is a writer, journalist, musician, and spoken-word performer with roots in North Preston, Nova Scotia. Her children’s book, Up Home, about growing up in North Preston recently won the 2009 Atlantic Book Award for Best Atlantic Published Book, and the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration. Shauntay’s poetry and music have been featured nationally on CBC Radio, CBC TV, and Vision TV. She is a founder of the Word Iz Bond Spoken Word Artists’ Collective, and the host of CBC Radio-Two’s “All the Best,” a weekly show that airs in the Maritimes.


Shauntay educates and celebrates where she comes from. She weaves together images of feminine strength and community pride, historical struggle and present hopes. To hear samples of her poetry, including “Up Home,” visit her myspace page here.


— Posted by Paula

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~ by artpoped on July 7, 2009.

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