Tai Woodville is a Portland-based poet, writer, singer/songwriter & performer.
Tai Woodville was born Thaïs "Tai" Carmen Woodville Albert in 1980. She was raised in Southern California, the only child of actors Edward Albert & Kate Woodville. Her grandfather is actor Eddie Albert.
Tai grew up with an appreciation of the arts, nature, mysticism, and the metaphysical branches of philosophy.
Drawn to the technology of language from an early age, Tai honed her passion for creative writing at UCSB's College of Creative Studies, where she earned a B.A. in literature.
After college, Woodville created an indie rock band called Sugar in Wartime, along with Johann Wagner & Ronnie Hanks.
Sugar in Wartime played the Los Angeles show circuit from 2003-2007, enjoying a loyal fan base, who followed them from The House of Blues to the historic Derby, and the world famous Whisky A Go Go.
In 2007, Skyfort Records released Sugar in Wartime's debut album, "Out of the Woods."
In 2008, Tai relocated to Portland, Oregon.
In 2011, Finishing Line Press published her poetry collection, "Pollen."
2013 found Woodville collaborating with Portland musician/songwriter A. Walker Spring (Point Juncture, WA, Bitchin) in an indie rock musical, co-writing & co-starring in "Aika & Rose: A Supernatural Star-Crossed Teen Lesbian Love Story."
Released to positive critical response & sold out shows, "Aika & Rose" ran for two weeks at Portland's Headwater Theater."
From 2016-2019 Visitant Lit featured Tai as a regular contributing poet,
In 2017 Tai's poem, "Winter Fruit," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
2017 saw the release of Tai's second book of poems, "Her Animal Inheritance," co-authored with Sara Jackson-Holman & Alissa Hattman.
Tai is currently working on several books, and in the process of bringing her conceptual electronic music project, Flight Call, to life.
Making art is an act of power that takes courage & vulnerability. I seek to be a source of illumination through my work. Art interrupts the trance state of daily life and brings us back to ourselves. My goal as an artist is to be a living talisman of remembrance to the spirit of the reader/viewer/listener.