|Occupation||novelist, short story writer|
|Notable works||Prairie Ostrich|
Kobayashi was co-editor with Mona Oikawa of All Names Spoken, an anthology of lesbian writing published by Sister Vision Press in 1992. She later published two short story collections, Exile and the Heart (1998) and Quixotic Erotic (2003), before publishing her debut novel, Prairie Ostrich, in 2014. In addition, she wrote the short film Short Hymn, Silent War, directed by Charles Officer, and her short story "Panopte's Eye" appeared in the 2004 science fiction anthology So Long Been Dreaming.
She was also a founding member of Asian Lesbians of Toronto.
- All Names Spoken (1992, ISBN 9780920813881)
- Exile and the Heart (1998, ISBN 9780889612297)
- Quixotic Erotic (2003, ISBN 9781551521398)
- Prairie Ostrich (2014, ISBN 9780864926807)
- "Tamai Kobayashi wins 2014 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers". Quill & Quire, June 24, 2014.
- W. H. New, Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. University of Toronto Press, 2002. ISBN 0802007619. Chapter "Gay and Lesbian Writing", pp. 418-422.
- Tamai Kobayashi. Asian Heritage in Canada (Ryerson University Library and Archives), 2014.
- Susan G. Cole, "10 more must-reads". NOW, March 27, 2014.
- "HD production heats up". Playback, February 18, 2002.
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