For this event, the poet Tom Healy will read a selection of works inspired by his collaborations with tattoo artists. Participants will also have the opportunity to design their own text and image based temporary tattoos.
Tom Healy is a writer, poet, and chairman of
the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, which oversees the Fulbright program
worldwide. He was appointed to the Fulbright Board by President Barack Obama.
Tom is the author of of two books, "Animal Spirits" and "What
the Right Hand Knows," which was a finalist for the 2009 L.A.
Times Book Prize and the Lambda Literary Award. His essays, poems and criticism
have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies. Tom served on
President Clinton’s Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and he has worked
around the world on AIDS and poverty programs. Tom owned one of the first
contemporary art galleries in Chelsea and later served as president of the
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. In 2006, he was awarded the New York City
Arts Award by Mayor Michael Bloomberg for leading rebuilding efforts for the
downtown arts community after 9/11. Healy is a professor at New York University
and is a visiting professor at the New School. Healy studied at
Harvard and Columbia. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and
PEN International. His website is: www.tomhealy.net.
Admission is free and open to the public.