A descendant of Black Loyalists, Jamaican Maroons, and Black Refugees who came to Canada during the 18th and 19th centuries, Shauntay's love of language stretches back to her storytelling roots in Nova Scotia's historic Black communities. Her homegrown artistic practice embraces African Nova Scotian folk tradition as well as contemporary approaches to literature and performance.
Shauntay is an award-winning author who has written and published in several literary genres, and as one of Canada's leading practitioners of spoken word performance she was awarded a Poet of Honour prize by Spoken Word Canada at the 2010 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Her work has earned her invitations to present at Canadian and international events including Canada's national Word On The Street festivals, the Vancouver Writers Fest (where she was the 2010 Writer-In-Residence), Moncton's Frye Festival, Toronto's Luminato Festival, Cape Breton's Cabot Trail Writers Festival, Australia's National Young Writers’ Festival, Jamaica's International Maroon Convention, and the 10th Anniversary Launch of the Freedom Schooner Amistad in Havana, Cuba.
Shauntay has a deep-rooted passion for creatively exploring the world, and encouraging others to embrace their creative selves.