Tai Woodville is an American poet, writer, singer/songwriter and performer, based in the Pacific Northwest.
The multi-disciplinary artist was born Thaïs (pronounced "ty-EECE") Carmen Corina Woodville Albert in 1980, in rural Southern California. Growing up, her nickname became Tai (pronounced "ty") and she eventually paired this shortened moniker with her middle name/mother's maiden name, Woodville.
Tai was born into a family of professional actors, the only child of Kate Woodville ("Star Trek") and Edward Albert ("Butterflies Are Free"). Her grandparents were Eddie Albert ("Roman Holiday," "Green Acres") and Margo ("Leopard Man," "Lost Horizon"). She grew up in a bohemian, creative environment, with an appreciation for nature, animals, spirituality, mystical philosophy, environmentalism, activism and the arts.
Her heritage is a quarter Latinx (Mexican & Spanish) and a quarter German on her Father's side, and half British (Celtic & Irish) on her mother's side.
Woodville studied literature and writing at UCSB's College of Creative Studies, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature, with a Creative Writing emphasis, in 2002.
In 2003, Tai formed the indie rock band, Sugar in Wartime, with Johann Wagner and Ronnie Hanks. The band enjoyed an active local following, playing regularly for several years at classic Los Angeles fixtures like The Derby, The Mint, The Joint, and The Whisky A Go Go.
Sugar in Wartime released the album "Out of the Woods" in 2007. In 2008, the group disbanded when Woodville and Wagner moved to Portland, Oregon, where they married.
In 2010, Tai started her long running mystical philosophy blog, PARALLAX: Exploring The Architecture of Reality.
Finishing Line Press published Tai's poetry collection, "POLLEN", in 2011.
Between 2014-2017 Visitant Lit featured Woodville as a monthly guest poet. In 2016, Tai's poem "Winter Fruit," received a Pushcart Nomination.
Woodville collaborated with Alissa Hattman and Sara Jackson-Holman in 2014 to create, "HER ANIMAL INHERITANCE," a poetry collection exploring themes of transgenerational memory.
In 2019, Woodville, Hattman & Jackson-Holman came together again to make a video poem, "HER ANIMAL INHERITANCE II," published by the Atticus Review--a short filmette featuring the authors and their work, filmed at Seaview, Oregon's, historic Sou' Wester during a three day artist residency.
In 2022, Tai released a new musical project, Flight Call. Flight Call's album, HOMEWORLD---which Vortex Magazine called "a light-filled, avant-pop journey from inner space to the stars"---is now streaming everywhere.
Follow Tai's in-process shares--moments in the life of a mystical artist-- on Instagram: @taiwoodville