O-Dark-Thirty is a literary journal and website associated with the Veterans Writing Project. The VWP is a non-profit based in Washington, DC that provides no-cost writing seminars and workshops for veterans, active and reserve service members, and military family members. Its founder is Ron Capps, an Afghanistan veteran who has published widely. He’s passionate about bringing as many veteran writers into print and publication as possible.
More power to him.
Volume 1 Number 2, the winter 2013 edition, of O-Dark-Thirty is out now. It features non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and art by and about veterans from World War II onward. Of special interest is Capps’ profile of William Zinsser, a U.S. Army sergeant in WWII and the author of On Writing Well, a best-selling and authoritative guide to writing non-fiction. Zinsser is 84 and still teaching at New York’s New University. Clearly, he has been inspirational to Capps, and why not?
Forums dedicated to war writing by vets are cool. Forums that bring together veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan with those of earlier wars are cooler still.