My Body Is Yours

April 8, 2015|
My Body Is Yours by Michael V. Smith
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A memoir about fathers and sons, breaking out of gender norms, and reconciling with a dangerous childhood.

Lambda Literary Award finalist

Michael V. Smith is a multihyphenate 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.

As an artist whose work focuses on our preconceived notions about the body, Michael questions the very notion of what it means to be human. He also 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, and with an aging father he is only beginning to come to know, Michael offers a new way of thinking about breaking out of gender norms, and reconciling with a dangerous childhood.

Michael V. Smith is the author of the memoir My Body Is Yours, a Lambda Literary Award finalist. He won the inaugural Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBT Writers from the Writers Trust of Canada for his first novel, Cumberland. He''s since published two poetry books and a second novel, Progress. An improv comic, filmmaker, drag queen...
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Title:My Body Is YoursFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:240 pages, 8.05 X 5.5 X 0.7 inShipping dimensions:240 pages, 8.05 X 5.5 X 0.7 inPublished:April 8, 2015Publisher:Arsenal Pulp PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1551525771

ISBN - 13:9781551525778

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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