Eloise Healy. Courtesy Metre Maids.

Eloise Klein Healy (born 1943) is an American poet.[1]


Healy was born in El Paso, Texas, and grew up in rural Iowa. She is a cofounder of ECO-ARTS (a venture combining ecotourism and the arts)

A lesbian,[2] Healey is the founder (in 2006) of Arktoi Books (an imprint of Red Hen Press which specializes in the work of lesbian writers.[1]


Her collection of poems, Passing, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Poetry and the Audre Lorde Lesbian Poetry Prize from The Publishing Triangle.[3][4] Healy has also received the Grand Prize of the Los Angeles Poetry Festival and has received 6 Pushcart Prize nominations.

Healy was involved in the Woman's Building, the well known Westcoast feminist cultural center, throughout the 1970s and 1980s in various capacities including teacher and Board of Directors. [5]

On December 7, 2012, Healy became the 1st Poet Laureate of Los Angeles.[2]



  • Building Some Changes. Venice, CA: Beyond Baroque, 1976.
  • A Packet Beating like a Heart. Los Angeles, CA: Books of a Feather Press, 1981.
  • Ordinary Wisdom. Los Angeles, CA: Paradise Press, 1981; Los Angeles, CA: Red Hen Press, 2005.
  • Artemis in Echo Park: Poetry. Ithaca, NY: Firebrand Books, 1991.
  • Women's Studies Chronicles. Laguna Beach, CA: Inevitable Press, 1998.
  • Passing: Poetry. Los Angeles, CA: Red Hen Press, 2002.
  • The Islands Project: Poem for Sappho. Los Angeles, CA: Red Hen Press, 2007.
    Asking About You - Eloise Klein Healy

    Asking About You - Eloise Klein Healy

  • A Wild Surmise: New and selected poems and recordings. Pasadena, CA: Red Hen Press, 2013.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[6]

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Preceded by
Poet Laureate of Los Angeles
Succeeded by
Luis J. Rodriguez


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