Elijah Imlay’s professional background is largely in the field of clinical social work in various settings. He is a published poet (Monsoon Blues, 2011) who served in the Army in 1971–72. Imlay is collaborating with a composer to create the first opera of the Vietnam War. He has facilitated writing workshops for active duty personnel and veterans at Walter Reed Hospital and at Fort Meyers in Virginia and in California. He teaches traditional methods of meditation and healing via the Sufis lineage of  Hazrat Inayat Khan and Pir Vilayat Khan.