Shauntay Grant is an award-winning Canadian writer and multidisciplinary artist. A former poet laureate for the City of Halifax, she is the author of several poetic picture books for children including Africville, nominated for a 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award. Shauntay is a descendant of Black Loyalists and Black Refugees who came to Nova Scotia during the 18th and 19th centuries. Her homegrown artistic practice embraces African Nova Scotian history and folk culture, as well as contemporary approaches to literature and performance. She is an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University in the Department of English where she teaches creative writing.