My Body Is Yours is Michael V. Smith's memoir, published by Arsenal Pulp Press May 2015.
A memoir about breaking out of gender norms and breaking free of a hurtful past.
Michael V. Smith is a multi-talented force of nature: a novelist, poet, improv comic, filmmaker, drag queen, performance artist, and occasional clown. In this, his first work of nonfiction, Michael traces his early years as an inadequate male—a fey kid growing up in a small town amid a blue-collar family; a sissy; an insecure teenager desperate to disappear; and an obsessive writer-performer, drawn to compulsions of alcohol, sex, reading, spending, work, and art as a means to cope and heal.
Drawing on his work as an artist whose work focuses on our preconceived notions about the body, this disarming and intriguing memoir questions what it means to be human. Michael asks: How can we know what a man is? How might understanding gender as metaphor be a tool for a deeper understanding of identity? In coming to terms with his past failures at masculinity, Michael offers a new way of thinking about breaking out of gender norms, and breaking free of a hurtful past.
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.
Interview by Tara-Michelle Ziniuk in Quill & Quire.
Profile on Daily Xtra!
Review by Drew Rowsome.
Review in the Vancouver Sun.
Review in Plenitude Magazine.