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  • Because a nation deserves to hear its veterans’ stories

    Stephen Ambrose. Kurt Vonnegut. Tim O’brien. J.D. Salinger.  Some of the finest writers in American history served in the U.S. military in times of war. Line of Advance is a non-profit literary journal committed to providing a platform for the voices of the next wave of great American writers. Join us and take part in the American literary experience.

  • Writers.

    We are currently accepting submissions of writing and photography for several upcoming issues. We’re committed to promoting and helping to develop veteran writers and visual artists. If you have work to submit, work for review, or even just a question, please reach out to us. You’re the reason we’re here.

  • Readers.

    Line of Advance was created for you, to provide a curated platform for the best in writing and other visual arts from American military veterans. Please check out a recent issue, browse the site to learn more, or make a small financial contributor if you’re able.

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    Volume 1

    Line of Advance Volume 1

    Porter Goodman • Andrew H. Miller • Doug D'Elia • Kyle Cianchetta • Mitch Hoopers • Chris Whitehead • Frank Dixon • Mickey Tissot

    Volume 2

    Coming Spring 2014


    Volume 3

    Coming Summer 2014

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    Volume 4

    Coming Early Fall 2014

May 21, 2014

Veterans and the Arts

My Own Private Boom Box

I once turned a Navy ship into my own private boom box. This was my only real act of insubordination in uniform. We’d played music many times before, on both deployments, but always with the Commanding Officer’s go-ahead. Usually this meant “Eye of the Tiger” (appropriate, as the USS Princeton had a longstanding association with… Read More

May 20, 2014

News and Reviews

Battle Scars, Boots, Hooves, & A Healing Place

by Jack Erwin A long and winding road led me to the Promise Equestrian center in Maple Park, IL and I mean that both literally and figuratively.  Josh met me there, and took my kids and me on the dime tour.  I went on a recon to check the place out.  He was thin, lanky,… Read More

March 28, 2014

Veterans and the Arts

The View From Wicker Park

  I resolved to quit the army over a cigarette in a Chicago alley. Nine months into my second deployment, I caught up with my best friend over R&R. We hopped bars a few blocks East of the Blue Line station on Damen & Milwaukee. The disconnect was familiar. A week earlier I wore camouflage… Read More

March 23, 2014

Veterans and the Arts

Warriors on the Hunt

My wife handed me the pink slip of paper from the courthouse. “Our final hearing is Monday, March third. One PM. Are you going to show up this time?” PTSDivorce! That’s what I call it these days. ”I’ll be there this time.”  I need closure.  My wife of 23 years and my kids walk out… Read More

The Soapbox

Do They Know It’s Christmas Time At All?

Along the dirt paths that connect and ring the villages of Gode and Kebri Dahar there are American built generators half buried in sand. These carcasses dot the region and stand as advertisements for a more altruistic time when Boomtown Rats raised money for starving Africans and not a damn soul was going to play… Read More

March 7, 2014

The Soapbox

How To View An Ebook (For Beginners)

In case you need a little help learning how to enjoy Line of Advance on your chosen device or computer, please review the following. To read Line of Advance on your iPad or iPhone, please follow these steps: Make sure you have the free iBooks application installed on your Apple device 1. Download the the… Read More


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