Eloise Klein Healy

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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 Westcoast 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 is the first and current Poet Laureate of Los Angeles.[7][8] 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.[9]



  • Artemis In Echo Park: Poetry, Firebrand Books, 1991, ISBN 978-0932379900
  • Building Some Changes (A Beyond Baroque New Book), Beyond Baroque Foundation, 1976, ASIN: B0006CPQ70 (chapbook)
  • The Islands Project, Red Hen Press, 2007, ISBN 978 1597090858
  • Ordinary Wisdom, Red Hen Press, 2005, ISBN 978 1597090568
  • Packet Beating Like a Heart, A, Books of a Feather, 1981, ASIN: B00K61AUI (chapbook)
  • 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 Included in[edit]

  • 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
  • Grand Passion: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, principal ed., Suzanne Lummis, Red Wind Books, 1995
  • Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals, eds., Barbara Peterson, Brenda Peterson and Deena Metzger, Ballantine Books, 1999
  • The World in Us: Lesbian and Gay Poetry of the Next Wave, eds., Michael Lassell, Elena Georgiou, St. Martin's Press, 2000