Michael Colonna received his BA in Philosophy in 2008 from the University of West Florida, where he is currently a graduate student in the English Department. He has received UWF's Laurie O'Brien Creative Writing Awards for graduate poetry, graduate fiction, and graduate nonfiction, respectively. In spring 2011, he was the recipient of the Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers Award for graduate nonfiction and, that fall, was awarded a grant from the University's Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee. In 2012, he was nominated to the Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.
Colonna teaches Intro to Lit, Comp I, and Comp II, and he volunteers at the UWF Writing Lab. His research interests include existential phenomenology, American pragmatism, and 20th-century American literature, particularly the work of Hemingway, Faulkner, and Cormac McCarthy. He is currently working on his first book, a novella and a collection of short stories based loosely on his experience as an infantryman in the 3rd Ranger Battalion and the 82nd Airborne Division.