Kari Tai is the 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 influenced both her movement style and writing focus. “Choreopoetry” is how she likes to think of the interplay between dancing and writing.
Kari’s dance experience ranges from her time as a professional dancer with the Spokane Ballet Company to sharing the joy of movement when she teaches dance to people with Parkinson’s Disease. Kari’s writing spans from dance and book reviews to articles, essays, and poetry throughout her career in museums and medical anthropological research. Kari lives on the shores of Lake Sammamish where she is the proud mother of two boys. Here she has worked as an art docent chair and served on the Redmond Arts and Culture Commission.