Danielle Kennedy is an instructor for Interpretation of Literature, and a Writing Center tutor. Her dissertation, currently in progress, will discuss queer affects and aesthetics in the context of AIDS-era poetry and performance art. Before coming to Iowa, she lived in Baltimore, Maryland and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and earned a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her research, writing, and teaching seek to honor the idiosyncrasies of queer lived experience, and she is currently finishing an article about poetic difficulty as a queer aesthetic.