John Milas grew up in Champaign, Illinois. After serving four years in the Marine Corps, he studied creative writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign while simultaneously working in local television news. His awards include three letters of appreciation along with the Afghanistan Campaign Medal from the Marine Corps, the Junior Quinn Award from UIUC's creative writing program, and the Quintilian Award from ICaP at Purdue University. He has judged University Laboratory High School's Iris Chang & Peter Kolodziej Writing Awards in fiction since 2015 and has read for both Ninth Letter and Sycamore Review. He currently studies creative writing in Purdue University's MFA program and teaches English composition.