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Eloise Klein Healy

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Eloise Klein Healy
El Paso, Texas
OccupationPoet, professor
Literary movementFeminist movement
Notable awardsFirst Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, 2012, Grand Prize of the Los Angeles Poetry Festival

Eloise Klein Healy (born 1943)[1] is an American poet.[2][3] She has published five books of poetry and three chapbooks. Her collection of poems, Passing, was a finalist for the 2003 Lambda Literary Awards in Poetry and the Audre Lorde Award from The Publishing Triangle.[4][5] Healy has also received the Grand Prize of the Los Angeles Poetry Festival and has received six Pushcart Prize nominations.


Healy was born in 1943 in El Paso, Texas and grew up in rural Iowa. She was involved in the Woman's Building, the well known West Coast feminist cultural center, throughout the 1970s and 1980s in various capacities including as a teacher and a member of the Board of Directors.[6] Healy became the first Poet Laureate of Los Angeles in 2012.[1][7] She was instrumental in directing the women's studies program at Cal State Northridge, started the MFA program in creative writing at Antioch University, Los Angeles where she is professor emeritus, and founded Arktoi Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press.[8]


Individual works

  • Artemis In Echo Park: Poetry, Firebrand Books, 1991, ISBN 9780932379900
  • Building Some Changes, (chapbook), (A Beyond Baroque New Book), Beyond Baroque Foundation, 1976, OCLC: 2462676
  • The Islands Project, Red Hen Press, 2007, ISBN 978 1597090858
  • Ordinary Wisdom, Red Hen Press, 2005, ISBN 978 1597090568
  • A Packet Beating Like a Heart, (chapbook), Books of a Feather, 1981, OCLC: 8463876
  • Passing, Red Hen Press, 2002, ISBN 978-1888996548
  • A Wild Surmise: New & Selected Poems & Recordings, Red Hen Press, 2013, ISBN 978-1597097598
  • Women's Studies Chronicles (Laguna Poets Series, 99), The Inevitable Press, 1998, ISBN 978-1891281334 (chapbook)

Anthologies including her writings

  • Another City: Writing from Los Angeles, ed. David L. Ulin, City Lights Publishers, 2001, ISBN 978-0872863910
  • The Geography of Home: California's Poetry of Place, Heyday Books, 1999, ISBN 9781890771195
  • Grand Passion: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, principal ed., Suzanne Lummis, Red Wind Books, 1995, ISBN 9780962284793
  • Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals, eds., Barbara Peterson, Brenda Peterson and Deena Metzger, Ballantine Books, 1999, ISBN 9780449911228
  • The World in Us: Lesbian and Gay Poetry of the Next Wave, eds., Michael Lassell, Elena Georgiou, St. Martin's Press, 2000, ISBN 9780312209438


  1. ^ a b Tobar, Hector (2012-12-07). "Eloise Klein Healy accepts L.A. Poet Laureate post". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-10-09.
  2. ^ "Eloise Klein Healy: Poet, Publisher, Teacher". Official site. Retrieved 2014-10-09.
  3. ^ "Eloise Klein Healy - Los Angeles Independent Publishing". Red Hen Press. Retrieved 2014-10-09.
  4. ^ Antioch University (2005-06-24). "PEN Center USA and Poet Eloise Klein Healy to Receive Antioch University's First Annual Horace Mann Awards". Market Wire. Retrieved 2014-10-09.
  5. ^ "Eloise Klein Healy". The Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 2014-10-09.
  6. ^ Interview on YouTube, Woman's Building History: Eloise Klein Healy (Otis College)
  7. ^ Linthicum, Kate (2012-12-07). "L.A. literary stalwart selected as city's first poet laureate". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-10-09.
  8. ^ Scattergood, Amy (2013-05-15). "Eloise Klein Healy: L.A.'s Poet Laureate". LA Weekly - Public Spectacle - Los Angeles - Los Angeles News and Events. Retrieved 2014-10-09.
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