Tom Healy

Tom Healy is an award-winning poet, essayist, and educator. He served as chairman of the international Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board under President Barack Obama, traveling to 40 countries to promote the exchange of artists, scientists, and scholars, and remains on the program’s Executive Committee. He is the author of three books of poetry, Velvet, Animal Spirits and What the Right Hand Knows, which was a finalist for the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Lambda Literary Award. Healy served on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS under President Bill Clinton. He has also had a distinguished career in the arts, including a pioneering gallery in Manhattan’s Chelsea arts district and a leadership role in rebuilding New York’s downtown arts community after 9/11, for which he received the 2005 New York City Mayor’s Award for Arts and Culture from Michael Bloomberg. Healy has taught on the faculties of NYU, The Pratt Institute, and The New School and has been a lecturer or Writer-in-Residence at universities and institutes in Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, Indonesia and Senegal. Currently, he leads The Brooklyn Conference on Art and Social Change at The Brooklyn Museum and hosts a public conversation series on creativity at The Bass in Miami Beach. He joined the PEN America Board in 2014.