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Sean Arthur Joyce

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Biography ~ Arthur Joyce, a.k.a. Sean Arthur Joyce, Art Joyce

Sean Arthur Joyce is an author of poetry, Canadian history and a novel. He is better known in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada as Art Joyce for his popular newspaper columns and books on local history. Joyce has been a freelance journalist since 1990, working since 2005 as a reporter and Arts and Culture Editor for the Valley Voice, one of the last independently owned newspapers in BC. (www.valleyvoice.ca)

He has published two books of West Kootenay history and in 2014 published Laying the Children’s Ghosts to Rest: Canada’s Home Children in the West (Hagios Press) on the little-known phenomenon of the 100,000 poor children exported from the UK to work as indentured child labourers on Canadian farms in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The book was supported by a national tour of 24 communities and reached the top 10 nonfiction bestsellers list in Calgary. https://www.radiantpress.ca/shop/laying-the-childrens-ghosts-to-rest-canadas-home-children-in-the-west

 Joyce’s poems and essays have appeared in Canadian Author, The Fiddlehead, Whetstone, The New Quarterly, Acumen (UK), Quills, CCPA Monitor, New Orphic Review, Horsefly, Elephant Mountain Review and others. In 1997 he was among those chosen for the League of Canadian Poets Mentoring Program as among Canada’s most promising emerging poets, studying with Robert Priest. In 2001 with funding from BRAVO TV he wrote and directed a poetry video, The Muse: Chameleon Fire. In 2006 he appeared in an international anthology, The Book of Hopes and Dreams, featuring work by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Margaret Atwood. The anthology was a fundraiser for UK charity Spirit Aid for child victims of war in Afghanistan. With Sandra Stephenson of the Peace Studies program at John Abbott College in Montreal, he co-founded Poets Against War Canada, with the blessing of PAW founder Sam Hamill.

New Orphic Publishers of Nelson, BC published his first major collection of poetry, The Charlatans of Paradise, in 2005. Joyce’s second book of poetry with New Orphic, Star Seeds, was released during National Poetry Month in April 2009. Award-winning poet Mick Burrs writes that “Joyce already possesses many of the gifts… which take a lifetime to master.” Canadian poetry icon bill bissett said simply of The Charlatans of Paradise:excellent.” Joyce’s new collection, The Price of Transcendence, released during National Poetry Month 2015, has been described by Tom Wayman as “a first-rate collection.”

Joyce's latest book is a novel, Mountain Blues, published by NeWest Press in May 2018. It has been compared by readers to Stephen Leacock's Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. “Joyce ... brings a unique toolbox of writing skills to bear in Mountain Blues that makes for crisp, lyrical prose, an engaging narrative, memorable characters, ... and a lightness of touch that is as surprising as it is delightful,” writes Gary Geddes.  https://newestpress.com/books/mountain-blues

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

A Perfect Childhood: One Hundred Years of Heritage Homes in Nelson, local history (Nelson Museum & Historical Society, 1997) ISBN 0-9680038-1-8

Hanging Fire & Heavy Horses: A History of Public Transit in Nelson, BC, local history (City of Nelson, 2000) ISBN 0-9686364-0-3

The Charlatans of Paradise, poetry (New Orphic Publishers, 2005) ISBN 1-894842-07-3

Star Seeds, poetry (New Orphic Publishers, 2009) ISBN 978-1-894842-16-7

Laying the Children’s Ghosts to Rest: Canada’s Home Children in the West, history / creative nonfiction (Hagios Press, 2014) ISBN 978-1-926710-27-3

The Price of Transcendence, poetry (New Orphic Publishers, 2015) ISBN 978-1-894842-25-9

Dead Crow: Prologue, limited edition poetry (Chameleon Fire Editions, 2016) ISBN 978-0-9952401-0-0

Mountain Blues, novel (NeWest Press, 2018) ISBN 978-1- 988732-30-5

• Poems for the Home Children, limited edition poetry (Chameleon Fire Editions, 2018) 978-0-9952401-3-1

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Publications

A Perfect Childhood: One Hundred Years of Heritage Homes in Nelson. Nelson Museum & Historical Society, 1997
Hanging Fire & Heavy Horses: A History of Public Transit in Nelson. City of Nelson, 2000
The Charlatans of Paradise, poetry . New Orphic Publishers, 2005
Star Seeds, poetry. New Orphic Publishers, 2009
Laying the Children’s Ghosts to Rest: Canada’s Home Children in the West, history / creative nonfiction. Hagios Press, 2014
The Price of Transcendence, poetry . New Orphic Publishers, 2015
Mountain Blues. NeWest Press, 2018
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