Bio - coastarlight

Brandon Lingle’s writing and photography appears in many publications including The American Scholar, The New York Times (At War), The Normal School, The North American Review, Guernica, Zone 3, The Southeast Review, The Rumpus, TIME Battleland, Narrative, and others. His work has been nominated for a National Magazine Award and noted six times in The Best American Essays. He's taught in the U.S. Air Force Academy's Department of English and earned an MFA in nonfiction from Sierra Nevada College. An Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, he currently lives in Texas and edits War, Literature & the Arts. His art reflects his views alone.


You can see more of his work at:

A conversation with Atiqullah Shahid, Afghan cartoonist, "Messages without Words," in War, Literature, & the Arts #30, 2018

An essay, "Passengers," in The Sierra Nevada Review, 2018

An essay with photos, "Remembering Sutherland Springs: A chronicle of a mass shooting and its aftermath," in The American ScholarApr. 11, 2018

An essay, "East Toward the Mountains," in Catamaran Literary ReaderSpring 2018

A conversation with John Kerstetter, author of Crossings: A Doctor-Soldier's Story, "A Normal Conversation," at The Normal School Online, Jan. 12, 2018

A conversation with Jack Beeler, Vietnam Combat Motion Picture Team lead, "Carefully Scripted Vietnam, 1969," in War, Literature, & the Arts #29, 2017

An essay, "Stop-Loss," in The Normal School, Spring 2017
- Notable in The Best American Essays 2018
- Finalist for Chattahoochee Review's Lamar York Prize, March 1, 2016 

A podcast conversation with Justin Hudnall, Alex Flynn, & Brent Wingfield, "Episode 2: Souvenirs," on KPBS' Incoming Radio, June 2, 2017

A conversation with Colin Halloran and selected photos, "Visual Art as Text: a conversation," in War, Literature, & the Arts #28, 2016

A conversation with Jesse Goolsby, Elliot Ackerman, Maurice Decaul, and Katherine Schifani, "Did That Really Happen? An Interview with Veteran Writers" on The Iowa Review blog, Oct. 17, 2016

An essay, "Normal Miracles," in The American Scholar online, Sept. 26, 2016

An essay, "Turbulence," in The American Scholar, Autumn 2016
Audio version available on Audm
- Notable in The Best American Essays 2017

An essay, "Relics of war and the stories they share," in The War Horse, August 2016

An article, "C-17 crew brings wounded home," on Air Force Link, May 26, 2016

A conversation with Jesse Goolsby, "My Friend Walks with me," in  War, Literature, & the Arts #27, 2015

A conversation with Richard Johnson, "Rendering War in Prismacolor," in  War, Literature, & the Arts #27, 2015

An interview with Jesse Goolsby, "Contributor Spotlight," at The Southeast Review, Fall 2015

An essay, "Tourniquet," in The Southeast Review 33.2, Fall 2015
- Notable in The Best American Essays 2016
- Reposted in November 2018 online at SER2

An essay, "I thought you were in Afghanistan," in Zone 3, Fall 2014

An interview with Amy Wright, "The thread that makes the cloth," in Zone 3, Fall 2014

An essay with photo, "Death Recovery and Hope at a Hospital During Drawdown," in The New York Times (At War), Sept. 4, 2014

A photo, "Night Retrograde," in the Atlantic's In Focus photo essay, "Afghanistan: The Long Withdrawal," Sept. 2, 2014

An essay, "Keeping Pace," in Guernica, Aug. 1, 2014
- Notable in Best American Essays 2015

An essay, "Virtually Lost," in The Rumpus, March 20, 2014

An essay, "What I Heard about the Lob Bombs," in the Washington Post's Doonesbury The Sandbox Military Blog, March 5, 2014   

An essay, "Watching Football, Waiting for War," in The New York Times (At War), Feb. 27, 2014   

An article, "Sweat and Mountains," in the Washington Post's Doonesbury The Sandbox Military Blog, March 29, 2013

An article, "Inside Combat Rescue Cast and Crew Discuss the Impact of the Series," on National Geographic's television blog, March 25, 2013 

More than 20 photos in "A Color Project," from March 2013 - January 2014

An essay, "Hillaqa," in Epiphany's special war issue edited by Brian Turner, Winter/Spring 2013

An article, "Airmen featured in upcoming National geographic documentary series," on Air Force link, Jan. 16, 2013   

An essay, "Climbing the World’s Highest Mountains to Honor Heroes," in The New York Times (At War), Jan. 9, 2013

An essay, "An Unvarnished View of War, Perched on a Helmet," in The New York Times (At War), Nov. 21, 2012   

An article, "Aiming High…On The Ground," in TIME (Battleland), Nov. 15, 2012

An essay with photo, "Queen's Creek," in Guernica, Aug. 29, 2012
- Notable in The Best American Essays 2013
- Anthologized in Incoming: Veteran Writers On Coming Home edited by Justin Hudnall and published by So Say We All, 2015   

An essay with photos, "Stenciled Relief for Forward Operating Base Monotony," in The New York Times (At War), Aug. 21, 2012

An essay with photos, "In Troop Travel Limbo, Mesmerized by the Writing on the Walls," in The New York Times (At War), July 20, 2012   

An essay, "Untitled Letter," in Letters for Logan: A legacy in letters of the determination, drive and heart of Capt. Derek Argel. Anthology edited by Deb Argel Bastian.

A photo, "Manitou, CO," photo in Stirring's May 2012 issue. 

Flash fiction, "This Aspen's Stripping Can't Come Soon Enough," on the Dark Sky Magazine blog (Feb. 17, 2011)   

Flash fiction, "@FilthyFew: Selected Tweets from Today's Biker Gang President," in Dark Sky Magazine #5

Two photos, "Jake's Colony, TX, and Free Mohawks, Austin," in Redivider's Spring 2011 issue (Emerson College)   

Six photographs featured in Juked Magazine's "Moment" section   

An essay, "Rip Rap," in the Evergreen Review Issue #125, Dec. 2010

An essay, "A Fair Fight in a Neutral Location," appears in the North American Review Vol. 294 Number 2, March-April 2009, (U of Northern Iowa)
- Notable in The Best American Essays 2010:
- Anthologized in the California Prose Directory: New Writing from the Golden State edited by Charles McLeod and published by Outpost 19, 2013

An article, "Jon Krakauer's Where Men Win Glory: Pat Tillman as American Epic Hero," War, Literature and the Arts #22 (U.S. Air Force Academy)   

An essay, "Lone Star Brewery," appears in Narrative Magazine's Spring 2010 issue

A photo essay, "Almost Wyoming," in the Platte Valley Review (U of Nebraska at Kearney)

Two photographs, "Translucent Globe" and "Rancid Concert" appear in Redivider's Spring 2010 issue (Emerson College)

An essay, "Pry, Pick, and Claw," appears in Hot Metal Bridge's Spring 2010 issue (U of Pittsburgh)

A photograph, "Lake Manyara Dust," won Blue Earth Review's photo contest. The image appears on the Spring 2010 issue cover (Minnesota State U, Mankato)

A photo essay, "Maasai Steppe," appears in the Adirondack Review

A photo essay, "Lone Star Condo Beer," appears in Anderbo

A photo essay, "Mothballed," appears in Paradigm Journal

A photo essay, "Boneyard," appears in Drunken Boat #11 "Life in a time of Contraction"

An article, "Colby Buzzell’s My War: An Outsider’s Voice from Inside Iraq," appears in War, Literature and the Arts #21 (U.S. Air Force Academy)

An essay, "Shrapnel in the Beams," appears in the inaugural issue of Crash Literary Magazine

"Hit or Miss," a series of five photos won CutBank's online contest (U of Montana, January 2010)

An essay, "Quakes," appears in the Mississippi Review Online's "Nonfiction / Nonpoetry" issue (U of Southern Mississippi). MRO later became Blip Magazine.      
- Honorable mention in the New Millennium Writings Contest (January 2010)

An essay with photos, "Golden Elbow Reflections," appears in War, Literature and the Arts issue #15 (U.S. Air Force Academy)

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