Sean Arthur Joyce is better known in the West Kootenay as Art Joyce for his poetry, 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. Joyce 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). New Orphic Publishers of Nelson, BC has published his three collections of Joyce’s poetry, The Charlatans of Paradise, Star Seeds, and The Price of Transcendence. In 2001 he produced his first poetry video, The Muse: Chameleon Fire, with the assistance of BRAVO TV funding. In 2016 he produced his second poetry video to launch his touring multimedia performance, Dead Crow: Prologue, with music composed by Noel Fudge and video production by Isaac Carter of ICandy Films.
Al Rempel’s books of poetry are This Isn’t the Apocalypse We Hoped For (Caitlin Press, 2013), understories (Caitlin Press, 2010) and a chapbook called The Picket Fence Diaries (Lipstick Press, 2010). His poems have also appeared in The Malahat Review, GRAIN, CV2 and Event, and in anthologies such as The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2011, Rocksalt, 4Poets and Half in the Sun. He currently lives in Prince George where he teaches at a high school.