Tamai Kobayashi

Region: Toronto Ontario
| Born 1966, Japan


Tamai Kobayashi is a Toronto-based writer of short stories, poetry, screenplays, and a novel, Prairie Ostrich. Prairie Ostrich, which follows eight-year-old Egg Murakami and her family on their ostrich farm in rural southern Alberta, has been called an ‘exquisitely crafted story’ with ‘insights into childhood, loss, cruelty and triumph’, and is listed by the CBC as one of 100 Young Adult Books That Make You Proud to be Canadian and the recipient of the Dayne Olgilvie Prize in 2014.

Born in Japan, Kobayashi was raised in Canada and has lived in Calgary and Toronto. Kobayashi has also published two collections of short stories, Exile and the Heart,and Quixotic Erotic, and was a founding member of Asian Lesbians of Toronto in the 1990s. Kobayashi was the co-writer of the short film Silent War, directed by Charles Officer, which has been shown at the Montreal World Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Sundance Film Festival.

Kobayashi is currently working on a short film as a director and actress.

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