Tom Healy

Tom Healy is an award-winning poet, essayist, and educator.  He served as chairman of the international Fulbright scholars program under President Barack Obama, traveling to 40 countries to promote the exchange of artists, scientists, and scholars, and remains on the Executive Committee.  He is the author of Animal Spirits and What the Right Hand Knows, which was a finalist for the 2009 LA Times Book Prize and the Lambda Literary Award. Two books of his essays are forthcoming: Not Untrue, Not Unkind, reflections on friendship, and The Rest of the World, an examination of U.S. public diplomacy efforts to engage the American people with citizens of other countries. 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. He joined the PEN America Board in 2014.