Tamai Kobayashi

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Tamai Kobayashi
Born 1965
Occupation novelist, short story writer
Nationality Canadian
Period 1990s-present
Notable works Prairie Ostrich

Tamai Kobayashi (born 1965 in Japan) is a Canadian writer, who won the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT writers in 2014.[1]

Kobayashi was co-editor with Mona Oikawa of All Names Spoken, an anthology of lesbian writing published by Sister Vision Press in 1992.[2] She later published two short story collections, Exile and the Heart (1998) and Quixotic Erotic (2003),[3] before publishing her debut novel, Prairie Ostrich, in 2014.[4] In addition, she wrote the short film Short Hymn, Silent War, directed by Charles Officer,[5] 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.[3]



  1. ^ "Tamai Kobayashi wins 2014 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers". Quill & Quire, June 24, 2014.
  2. ^ W. H. New, Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. University of Toronto Press, 2002. ISBN 0802007619. Chapter "Gay and Lesbian Writing", pp. 418-422.
  3. ^ a b Tamai Kobayashi. Asian Heritage in Canada (Ryerson University Library and Archives), 2014.
  4. ^ Susan G. Cole, "10 more must-reads". NOW, March 27, 2014.
  5. ^ "HD production heats up". Playback, February 18, 2002.

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