John Milas grew up in Champaign, Illinois where he attended Central High School, Parkland College, and the University of Illinois. Along with four years of honorable service in the United States Marine Corps, he has worked as a lifeguard, alcohol awareness discussion facilitator, local arts journalist, and has filled multiple job positions within the broadcast television industry including that of Newscast Director. 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 Purdue University's ICaP program. He has served as the fiction judge for University Laboratory High School's Iris Chang & Peter Kolodziej Writing Awards since 2015 and has read submissions in multiple genres for both Ninth Letter and Sycamore Review. He currently studies creative writing at Purdue University.