Shauntay Grant is an award-winning writer, spoken word performer, and musician. After completing her Bachelor of Music Degree at Dalhousie University in 2002 she directed the Nova Scotia Mass Choir for five years. Shauntay has led arts workshops across Canada and abroad. Her original works of poetry and music have been featured nationally in books and on radio and television, and she was a choral music director for two original Vision Television series’, namely Gospel Challenge (2006) and Soul (2009). Shauntay 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. She was a Poet of Honour at the 2010 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Ottawa. Her children’s picturebook memoir Up Home (Nimbus 2008) won a 2009 Best Atlantic PublishedBook 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.