LGBTQ* Poets You Should Know
Lesbian Eloise Klein Healy named LA’s first Poet Laureate
(following from Chicago Pride)
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Friday that lesbian poet Eloise Klein Healy has been named as the City of Los Angeles’ first Poet Laureate.
"As the arts and culture capital of the world, Los Angeles’ 4 million residents and 26 million annual visitors deserve a Poet Laureate to elegantly express the beauty of our city in words," Villaraigosa said in a press release before the formal announcement at the LA Library. "While each of the nominees demonstrated a command of the written word, Eloise Klein Healy’s work highlighted the truly innovative and imaginative nature of our City’s literary genius. I am proud to have her serve as the Ambassador to our City’s vibrant poetry and literary culture."
Healy is well known in the LGBT and LA literary scene. An accomplished poet, professor and editor over three decades, she is the author of seven books of poetry, including The Islands Project: Poems for Sappho (2007) for which she was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Poetry and Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Lesbian Poetry Prize. Her newest book of poetry A Wild Surmise: New and Selected Poems & Recordings will come out March 2013 from Red Hen Press.
“Lesbia quid docuit Sappho nisi amare puellas”
“What did Sappho of Lesvos teach except how to love girls”
I only flirt with
you because Sappho can’t is
what I tell myself