The Everett Southwest Literary Award has a winner for 2011. The competition called for novel manuscripts and was judged by writer Sandra Cisneros, award-winning author of The House on Mango Street and Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories. Cisneros chose Poplar Crescent, by John Tait, to receive the $5,000 award. About the winning novel, Cisneros says:
"It's generous, wise, funny, poignant ... it had me from the first page. I didn't have to read it, I wanted to read it, and that's the definition of a truly good tale. It is forward moving and nuanced, and like every great novel, the writer has gotten out of the way and let the story rush forward like a river in rain. I was swept away."
John Tait's stories have appeared in journals such as TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, Fiction, Crazyhorse and The Sun and have been reprinted in New Stories from the Southwest and the Crazyhorse 50th Anniversary Issue. His fiction has won four national awards, including the Tobias Wolff Award and H.E. Francis Award, and he's received a Canada Council for the Arts Grant for Emerging Writers. He is presently an Associate Professor of fiction writing at the University of North Texas and editor of American Literary Review.