Michael Anthony was born in Massachusetts, in 1986. He grew up south of Boston, earned a BA in English Literature at Bridgewater State University, and an MFA in Creative Writing at Lesley University. He spent six years in the army reserves, with a sixteen-month deployment, and twelve months in Iraq, where he served as an operating room technician.
His first published book was a memoir detailing his service in Iraq. Mass Casualties: A Young Medic’s True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and wide praise from veterans.
Michael’s writings have appeared in numerous books, from children’s to poetry/non-fiction anthologies. He has written for the Washington Post blog, Business Insider blog, as well as several other publications across the web, including a year-long stint as a feature writer and editor of the War and Veterans section for the Good Men Project blog.
In addition to his writings, Michael has appeared on a TV show for the Weather Channel, several documentaries—ranging from veteran’s issues to issues of mortality—and through a joke gone astray (somewhat), he’s even managed to become a mini-viral hit on YouTube. He is also a professional public speaker.