Who the heck are you?
Hi there! I'm Kai Fig Taddei (sometimes stylized kai fig taddei) a trans human currently living on the unceded, occupied and shared lands of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. I was born and raised on unceded and occupied lək̓ʷəŋən (Lekwungen, Songhees and Esquimalt Nations) and W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) territory. My father was an immigrant from Florence, Italy. On my mother's side, my ancestors were Acadians who settled on Indigenous lands across the eastern regions of so-called "Canada."
So, what's your creative practice like?
I'm interested in complex, character-driven stories that explore trans/queer realities, non-traditional relationship structures, non-human perspectives and the nuances of consent. These days, I also think a lot about how my ADHD impacts my writing and reading practice.
I regularly mentor 2SLGBTQIA+ youth and LOVE this work! Some highlights include facilitating workshops as an adult mentor with the intergenerational collective Gender Generations, curating/co-hosting the 2018 OUTstages Youth Cabaret and dramaturging a new work by a young non-binary playwright for a project funded by the Tegan & Sara Foundation.
Duecentomila, my young adult play about two queer cousins struggling to understand one another through cultural and personal rifts, is forthcoming from Playwright's Canada Press in 2022. You can pre-order it now! Weee!
I have extensive experience supporting writers one-on-one as a freelance editor and dramaturg, and have worked in various capacities (sensitivity reader, freelance editor, proofreader) on manuscripts forthcoming from presses including Arsenal Pulp Press and Bold Strokes Books. I have also worked as a peer assessor for the BC Arts Council and sat on juries and panels at theatre festivals across the country.
Where have you learned from?
Ceators whose work has had a deep impact on my practice include Lee Maracle, Kai Cheng Thom, T. Fleischmann, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Josh Thomas, Vivek Shraya, Akwaeke Emezi, Carmen Maria Machado, Casey Plett, Sunny Drake, and Torrey Peters. To name just a few.
I hold a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria (2016) and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph (2020).
I am a JD/JID candidate (2022 - 2026) at the University of Victoria's Faculty of Law.