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Michael V. Smith

Photo: David Ellingsen 2011

Michael V. Smith is a writer, comedian, filmmaker, performance artist and occasional clown 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 memoir, My Body Is Yours, explores the intersection of masculinity, addiction, and creativity. Self-described as his emancipation from masculinity, Smith's memoir has received glowing reviews across North America.

Smith's novel, Cumberland (Cormorant Books, 2002), was nominated for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award. In past years, Smith won Vancouver's Community Hero of the Year Award and the inaugural Dayne Ogilvie Award for Emerging Gay Writers. He's won a Western Magazine Award for Fiction, scooped two short film prize categories at Toronto's Inside Out festival, 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.

Vancouver Magazine has considered him one of its city's 25 most influential gay citizens whereas Loop Magazine named him one of Vancouver’s Most Dangerous People...

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 most recent novel, Progress, was published in Spring 2011 with Cormorant Book. Progress investigates who benefits and who loses by the various definitions of progress.

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Cumberland. Toronto: Cormorant Books, 2002.
What You Can't Have. Signature Editions, 2006
Progress. Cormorant Books, 2011
My Body Is Yours . Arsenal Pulp Press, 2015
Body of Text. BookThug, 2008


Nominated, in Canada First Novel Award for Cumberland.
Best Canadian Female Short Award for Inside Out Toronto Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival, 2005
Colin Campbell Award for Best Canadian Male Short for Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival, 2005
Zed People’s Choice Shorts Award for Out On Screen Queer Film Festival, 2004
Western Magazine Gold Award for Fiction, 2004
DIY Digital Video Project Award for Out On Screen Queer Film Festival, 2003
Community Heroes Award for Achievement in the Arts, 2003
Community Heroes Award for Achievement in the Arts, 2005
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