Tai Woodville is a Portland based poet, singer/songwriter, editor & writer. She performs at local readings and plays intimate acoustic shows around town.
Born Thaïs Carmen Woodville Albert--Tai for short--in 1980, she was raised in Southern California on a horse ranch. The only child of two actors, (Edward Albert & Kate Woodville), Tai grew up with an appreciation of the arts, nature and philosophy.
Drawn to the technology of language, Tai honed her love of 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.
During this time Tai worked in retail, as well as taking extra work in films, television & theater.
In 2007, Skyfort Records released Sugar in Wartime's debut album, "Out of the Woods."
Ready to explore new frontiers, Tai moved to Portland, Oregon, in 2008, where she married recording engineer & music producer, Johann Wagner. During this year, she began a philosophy blog, "Parallax: Exploring the Architecture of Reality."
As she settled into her new life in Portland, Tai began working as a freelance editor. During this time she drafted a collection of poems, which Finishing Line Press published as "Pollen" in 2011.
Driven to seek a deeper meaning, Tai's spiritual search took her on psychedelic spirit quests from Joshua Tree to the Oregon mountains, ultimately delivering her back to herself with a renewed sense of purpose and connection. During this time she underwent a year of shamanic soul retrieval work.
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." An album is currently in the works at Honest Jams studio.
In 2016 Visitant Lit began featuring Tai as a regular contributing poet and she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her poem, "Winter Fruit." During this time she began work on a novel based on her experiences coming of age in Hollywood.
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 finishing her novel, 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.
Photo by Javiera Estrada