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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

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

December 14, 2013

The Soapbox

Welcome to Line of Advance

Once a year I go through the exercise of cleaning my closet.  Some clothes go to the cleaners, some go to the donation box and a few get tossed in the trash.  During this ritual is one of the few times that I remember that sitting well behind the work suits and the jeans hangs… Read More

Veterans and the Arts

Review: The Welcome

The Welcome is a film about veterans coming home and asking “now what?” It’s a film about the healing that needs to take place. I lived it, and watched it.  I’ve been living it for the past four years, but I watched it, quite appropriately I might add, on Veteran’s Day 2013 at the College… Read More


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