Lois Beebe Hayna died on Monday, April 10th at the age of 103.
The author of 10 published books of poetry, she also received the following awards:
The Colorado Author’s League Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014
The Colorado Author’s League Best Book of Poetry Award – 2015, 2016
An honorary Doctorate of Letters awarded by Regis University, 2009
Born in Vesper, WI in 1913, she won a scholarship (during the Depression) to the University of Wisconsin. She graduated, married and raised 3 children. For 30 years “I wrote nothing,” she recalled. In 1974, she started teaching poetry, before she stopped teaching the class and joined it, transforming the meetings to a critique group for inspiring each other’s work.
She never looked back, writing essays and poetry up to 2017.
In tribute, the Lois Beebe Hayna Writing Center in the Dayton Memorial Library honors her published works, as well as providing space for reading, writing, and poetry classes.
The Regis University Archives and Special Collections holds the revisions and manuscript drafts of her approximately 43 years of writing: essays about rural life, the Depression, the war effort, short stories, a play, and over 3,000 poems depicting love, hate, death, age and the human condition.