Committed to the idea of storytelling

Line of Advance is a non-profit literary journal created by three American military veterans who served together in Afghanistan and recognized the need for fellow veterans to tell their stories, and for the public to read them.  We’re committed to the idea that times of war are transformative for a nation, and that the act of telling stories allows for a critical community introspection for both storyteller and audience.

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Christopher Lyke

Christopher Lyke served in the U.S. Army from 2003-2010 as an enlisted infantryman.  He has a Master’s degree in education from DePaul University and works as a teacher in Chicago. He’s been published in Blaze Vox, Proud To Be Vol. 4, Heart of a Veteran, and Military Experience and the Arts.


Matt Marcus

Matt served in the U.S. military from 2005-2012 as an enlisted infantryman. He has a degree from Northwestern University in political science, works in the Chicago advertising community, and is currently attending the Medill IMC program at Northwestern University.


Ryan Quinn

Ryan is currently a commissioned Captain in the U.S. military, and has served for eight years (previously enlisted). He has a degree in history from the University of Illinois.



Maj. Jack Erwin (ret.)

Jack is now retired from the Army National Guard after 21 years, including 3 deployments. Jack commanded a battery of artillerymen who served as Military Police from 2003 to 2005. Shortly after returning home, he deployed for Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, LA in 2005. He served in Afghanistan from 2008-2009 with the 1-178 IN under TF Duke. Shortly after returning home, Jack struggled with a difficult reintegration with his family and was eventually diagnosed with PTSD, retiring in 2010. He works as a special education teacher in Illinois with 18 years of experience at both the high school and middle school levels, and coached football. He holds a Master’s Degree in Education and is currently working towards a PhD with his military education benefits.


Paul Tanghe

Paul has led tank and cavalry teams in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Korea. He is currently pursuing a PhD in environmental governance in Denver, Colorado


Erin Diamond

Erin is an avid reader, struggling writer, mediocre improviser, and cinephile. In October of 2012, she told her first story for an audience at NPR’s The Moth StorySLAM. It was an incredible experience and she now tells stories at monthly shows all over the city of Chicago. Her favorite storyteller is her father, Dennis. Dennis was an Army Ranger and member of the 10th Mountain Division. His stories of his time spent in the service across our country and Germany were told with all the humor and drama it takes to get a child to sit still and listen. Erin is passionate about creating a community of storytelling that is accessible to all.



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