Born in El Paso, Texas, Eloise Klein Healy grew up in rural Iowa. Healy has taught at California State University Northridge, where she directed the Women’s Studies Program, and at the Feminist Studio Workshop in the Woman’s Building in Los Angeles. She was the founding chair of the MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles, where she won the inaugural Horace Mann Award. In 2012, Healy was appointed Los Angeles’s first poet laureate by mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. She lives in California. Healy's crisp, image- and narrative-driven poems often explore community, sexuality, and the nature of home.