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Tamai Kobayashi Wins The Writers' Trust Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers

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Tamai Kobayashi

The Writers' Trust of Canada announced that Tamai Kobayashi has won the 8th annual Dayne Ogilvie Prize for emerging LGBT writers. Additional honours were given to Rae Spoon and Proma Tagore.

Tamai Kobayashi, born in Japan and raised in Canada, is an author and screenwriter. She has published two collections of short fiction, Exile and the Heart and Quixotic Erotic, and her first novel, Prairie Ostritch, a coming out and coming of age story set in sleepy rural town, was published earlier this year by Goose Lane Editions. A jury composed of author and artist Anna Camilleri, Cree poet Connie Fife, and memoirist Bill Whitehead said Kobayashi's writing is"poetic, funny, and compassionate. With innovative and electric language, she creates thought-provoking narrative with heart, humour, and remarkable insight."

The $4,000 prize is given annually to an emerging gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender writer whose published work demonstrates great literary promise. The winner was announced at an event hosted by activist and NOW magazine editor Susan G. Cole at the NOW Lounge in Toronto.

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