- Ph.D. University of Missouri
- M.F.A. University of New Orleans
- M.A. University of Toronto
- B.A. University of Toronto
John Tait specializes in creative writing (fiction writing) as well as post World War II American fiction and film. His short stories have appeared in Crazyhorse, Fiction, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, The Sun, Michigan Quarterly, and elsewhere and have been reprinted in New Stories from the Southwest and the Crazyhorse 50th Anniversary Anthology. He has been the recipient of Canada Council for the Arts Grant for Emerging Writers and has also received the Everett Southwest Literary Award, the Tobias Wolff Fiction Award, as well as first prize in the H. E. Francis Literary Competition, the Dogwood Fiction Awards, and the River City Fiction Awards. He is currently at work on stories and novels.