Tamai Kobayashi was born in Japan and raised in Canada. She is a screenwriter and songwriter. Her work has appeared in Best Lesbian Erotica 2003, Piece of My Heart, Getting Wet, West Coast Line, Fireweed, Prairie Fire, and absinthe. She is the author of All Names Spoken (with Mona Oikawa) and Exile and the Heart. The Toronto International Film Festival 2002 showed Short Hymn - Silent War 03, co-written by Tamai and Charles Officer. Her most recent book is Quixotic Erotic. Tamai lives in Toronto.