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Michael V. Smith. Courtesy Ottawa Writers' Festival.

Michael V. Smith
Born Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
Occupation writer]
Nationality Canada Canadian
Period 2000s-present
Notable work(s) Cumberland, Progress

Michael V. Smith is a Canadian poet, novelist, and filmmaker.


Smith was born in Cornwall, Ontario.[1]

He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (UBC) creative writing program.

Smith lives in Vancouver, British Columbia,[2] where he is an associate professor of creative writing at UBC.[3]

He is openly gay.[2]

He makes short videos, which have played around the world in cities such as Milan, Dublin, Turin, London, New York, Toronto, Paris, Geneva, Buenos Aires, SF, LA and Bombay.[3]

He served on the jury of the 2012 Dayne Ogilvie Prize (awarded by the Writers' Trust of Canada to emerging LGBT writers), selecting Amber Dawn as that year's winner.


As a writer, Michael V. Smith works with small town stories, examining issues of class, identity, community and belonging.[3]

Working interdisciplinarily, he’s published a hybrid book of concrete poems (which are photographs) titled Body of Text, created with David Ellingsen.[3]


His debut novel, Cumberland, was nominated for the Books in Canada First Novel Award in 2002. He has also been a nominee for the Journey Prize, and was the inaugural winner of the Dayne Ogilvie Grant,[2]

Several of his short films have garnered awards from the Inside Out Film and Video Festival in Toronto



  • What You Can't Have. Winnipeg, MB: Signature Editions, 2006.
  • Body of Text (with David Ellingsen). Toronto: BookThug, 2008.


Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[4]

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References Edit

  1. "Community Hero of the Year: Three introductions to Michael V Smith. Xtra! West, May 23, 2007.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Vancouver's Smith wins new prize for gay writers",, 2007-06-14 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Michael V. Smith, Faculty of Creative & Critical Studies, University of British Columbia. Web, May 3, 2019.
  4. Search results = au:Michael V. Smith, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. June 9, 2013.

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