Born in Dallas, Texas, Bryce Milligan has lived in San Antonio since 1977. Among other things, he has been a folksinger, a maker of guitars, drums and dulcimers, a carpenter, a rare book bibliographer and appraiser, a college English and creative writing instructor, a poet-in-the-schools, an arts administrator, a book and magazine editor, a book designer, and a publisher. As a writer, he has been a newspaper columnist, a freelance journalist, a scholar, a novelist, a poet, a playwright, and an essayist.
Milligan is the author of five historical novels and short story collections for young adults, including the award-winning With the Wind, Kevin Dolan (Corona Publishing, 1987), which was recently republished in Germany. Milligan is also the author of four collections of poetry, Daysleepers & Other Poems (1984), Litany Sung at Hell's Gate (1991), From Inside the Tree (cassette, 1990, 1994) and Working the Stone (Wings Press, 1994). In The Texas Observer, critic A. E. Mares compared Working the Stone to the poems of Seamus Heaney and Donald Hall. Milligan is also the author of five locally produced plays and well over 1,500 articles, essays, and reviews. Milligan holds a M.A. in language and linguistics (Anglo-Saxon and Old Irish) from the University of Texas at Austin. He has written extensively about Latino/Latina literature. Milligan is the primary editor (co-editors are Angela de Hoyos and Mary Guerrero Milligan) of the anthology Daughters of the Fifth Sun: A Collection of Latina Fiction and Poetry (Putnam/Riverhead, 1995, paper 1996). He is also one of the editors of a CD Rom, American Journeys: The Hispanic American Experience (Primary Source Media, 1995) and a second major anthology, ¡Floricanto Sí!- U.S. Latina Poetry, published by Penguin USA, 1997. The founding editor of Pax: A Journal for Peace through Culture (1983-1987) and Vortex: A Critical Review (1986-1990), he became in 1995 the publisher/editor of Wings Press, one of the oldest continually operating small presses in Texas.
Milligan and his wife of 35 years, short story writer and librarian Mary Guerrero Milligan, live in a 120-year-old house in the King William area in downtown San Antonio.