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Michael V. Smith is a writer and performer teaching Creative Writing in the interdisciplinary program of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC’s Okanagan campus in BC’s Interior.
Smith’s novel, Cumberland (Cormorant Books, 2002), was nominated for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award. In past years, Smith won the inaugural Dayne Ogilvie Award for Emerging Gay Writers. He’s won a Western Magazine Award for Fiction, multiple prizes for short film, and was nominated for the Journey Prize.
His videos have played around the world, in cities such as Milan, Dublin, Turin, London, New York, Toronto, Paris, Geneva, Berlin, Glasgow, Lisbon, Beirut, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Buenos Aires, SF, LA and Bombay. Smith is an MFA grad from UBC’s Creative Writing program.
His first book of poetry is What You Can’t Have (Signature Editions, 2006), short-listed for the ReLit Prize. In 2008, he published a hybrid book of concrete poems/photographs, Body of Text (BookThug), created with David Ellingsen.
Michael V. Smith’s memoir, My Body Is Yours, received the kind of reviews writers dream about…
in the Vancouver Sun by the excellent journalist and thinker Tom Sandborn
Some Current Write-ups: A short interview about My Body Is Yours in the Coastal Spectator: Candid memoir unpacks gender, sexuality.
Interview by Trevor Corkum.
Profile on Daily Xtra!
Review by Drew Rowsome.
Review in the Vancouver Sun.
Review in Plenitude Magazine.
Some Past Write-ups:
Progress: Read a profile/review of Progress here: The Substance of Progress.
“I’m not lingering over a turn of phrase here, but the fact of the book, the flipping through it, the returning to it, the showing it around, and finally, the wrapping my head around it, enjoying the pleasure of it, the tease of it, the let’s-see-if-we-can-get-away-with-this of it, makes me think about the queerness of concrete poetry.” – Matrix Magazine, reviewing Body of Text