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Kari Tai

Kari Tai is founder of the artistic collective Home Ground. Her poetry and dancing inform the group’s artistic response. Kari grew up in Kalispell, Montana in a unique octagon house designed and built by her father. Her childhood experiences living on a rural, forested 20-acre lot under the Big Sky influence both her movement style and writing focus. “Choreopoetry” is how she likes to think of interplay between dancing and writing.


Kari holds dual BA degrees in journalism and anthropology and a master’s degree in medical anthropology. Her dance experience ranges from her time as a professional dancer with the Spokane Ballet Company to sharing the joy of movement as a dance instructor with people with Parkinson’s Disease. Kari’s writing includes dance and book reviews for Flagstaff Live!, articles and essays in the Plateau Journal and the book The View from Here, and poetry in Spindrift as well as academic and professional writing. A proud mother of two young men, Kari lives near Lake Sammamish and has served as an art docent chair and on the Redmond Arts and Culture Commission.


Poetic practice philosophy: “I like to explore with readers how to find reason and purpose in our lives by observing small moments of beauty and by cultivating wonder. I’m fascinated by how we make our way through life partly thru dreams, work, and those we cross paths with, and simultaneously we are influenced by sense of space, light, the natural world, things unsaid, and our kinesthetic experiences.”


Connect with Kari at, on Instagram @kari.tai, or

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