My top priority in teaching writing is community accessibility beyond the college classroom; I am driven by the impact poetry has (and can have) in off-campus communities, particularly the underserved and underrepresented. My research is primarily in war literature and the poetry of soldiers and veterans, as well as the neuroaesthetic brain functions that compel poets to engage with literature the way they do. I also study mid-twentieth century German poetry, and for the past three years have been poetry editor for Harpur Palate and director of the Binghamton Poetry Project. My poetry, largely narrative, looks honestly at military life in America and what it means to be a citizen of a nation at war. Interdisciplinary arts are incredibly important to me; I am a violinist and teach Suzuki method violin lessons for children, and I enjoy learning veterinary science.