Michael V. Smith

Michael V. Smith

Michael V. Smith, B.A., M.F.A.
Associate Professor, Creative Writing
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
CCS 343, 1148 Research Road
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

T: 250.807.9706
E: michael.v.smith@ubc.ca

2017-2018 Courses

CRWR 210-001 Term 1 The Power of Story

CRWR 382H-001 Term 1 Topics in Creative Writing: Digital Fiction

CRWR 216-002 Term 2 Intermediate Workshop in Creative Writing: Poetry

CRWR 472-001 Term 2 Editing and Publishing

Research Interests

Small town narratives, community building, identity & belonging, queer studies, documentary techniques in narrative film-making, performance art, gender construction, independent film and video, DIY strategies.

Research Areas

Concrete poetry; Collaborative Photography; Experimental Film & Video; Site-specific Audio Recordings

Creative Writing; Canadian Literature; Site-specific Audio; Experimental Documentary; Interventionist Performance


Michael V. Smith is an interdisciplinary artist, working as a writer, filmmaker, performance artist, and occasional clown. His most recent novel is Progress, published by Cormorant Books in 2011.

As writer, Michael V. Smith works with small town stories, examining issues of class, identity, community and belonging. His novel, Cumberland (Cormorant Books), was nominated for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award. His first book of poetry, What You Can’t Have (Signature Editions), was nominated for the ReLit Prize. Most recently, he's published a hybrid book of concrete poems (which are photographs) titled Body of Text, created with David Ellingsen.

Smith + Ellingsen have also been working on other hybrid works, marrying performance art with photography, to examine the currencies and constructions of identities.

In recent years, Smith won Vancouver's Community Hero of the Year Award and the inaugural Dayne Ogilvie Award for Emerging Gay Writers. He's also won a Western Magazine Award for Fiction, scooped a number of short film prizes in various international festivals, 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, Buenos Aires, SF, LA and Bombay. Smith is an MFA grad from UBC’s Creative Writing program.

Vancouver Magazine named him one of the city's 25 most influential gay citizens and Loop Magazine listed him as one of Vancouver’s Most Dangerous People.

Photo courtesy of David Ellingsen

Last reviewed shim10/13/2017 2:17:03 PM

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