Author Archives: seanarthurjoyce

About seanarthurjoyce

I am a poet, journalist and author with a strong commitment to the environment and social justice. If anything, I have too many interests and too little time in a day to pursue them all. Film, poetry, literature, music, mythology, and history probably top the list. My musical interests lie firmly in rock and blues with a smattering of folk and world music. I consider myself lucky to have lived during the great flowering of modern rock music during its Golden Age in the late 1960s/early '70s. In poetry my major inspirations are Dylan Thomas, Rilke, Neruda and the early 20th century British/American poets: Auden, Eliot, Cummings. My preferred cinema includes the great French auteurs, Kirosawa, Orson Welles, and Film Noir. My preferred social causes are too numerous to mention but include banning GMOs, eliminating poverty (ha-ha), and a sane approach to forest conservation and resource extraction. Wish me—wish us all—luck on that one!

Kaslo Jazzfest scores another successful year

The Festival From the swirl of colour and rhythm at the grand opening parade on Friday evening to the last sweet sounds trailing off into Sunday night, Kaslo Jazzfest once again made a lot of people happy. Over 2,600 of … Continue reading

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An Interview with Blues ‘Ice Queen’ Sue Foley

INTRODUCTION As a lifelong devotee of music—and especially of blues and rock music—I’ve been privileged to see some amazing performances. The kind of performances that galvanize the eyes of several thousand people on the stage, as if mesmerized. In my … Continue reading

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Sonny Rhodes: Gentleman of the Blues

Over the years the West Kootenay has seen some first-rate blues acts, especially in the mid-2000s when Nelson’s Royal Hotel was styling itself a blues pub. It was there I got to see living legends like John Mayall and Leon … Continue reading

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Literary Festival Lessons on Love, Loss and Craft

Writing is a solitary occupation, so it’s no surprise writers hunger for a chance to hang out, share a glass of wine (or beer) and compare notes. As Canadian poetry icon Susan Musgrave has said, writers have been described as … Continue reading

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Joyce to tour new novel Mountain Blues

You are invited to join author Sean Arthur Joyce on tour for a reading from his new novel, Mountain Blues. The novel has been compared to Stephen Leacock’s classic Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. Joyce will do a spring … Continue reading

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Poetry Alive and Well During Poetry Month Pt. 2

A Marriage of Form and Theme Richard Harrison, On Not Losing My Father’s Ashes in the Flood (Buckrider Books). I’ve been a fan of Harrison’s poetry since his 2005 collection Worthy of His Fall, an undeservedly overlooked gem. Unlike the … Continue reading

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Poetry Alive and Well During Poetry Month Pt. 1

Turning Back to the Earth as Muse Poetry is indeed alive and well in 2018. Judging by recent books by both established and emerging poets, the art is in fine fettle. There’s evidence of both high craft and relevance to … Continue reading

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