Regis dedicates writing center to Springs’ poet emeritus

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The Creative Writing Center at Regis University is being dedicated to Colorado Springs resident and Poet Laureate Emeritus Lois Beebe Hayna.

The 97-year-old will be honored in a ceremony from 4 to 6 p.m.  April 22 in the University’s Dayton Memorial Library in Denver.

The Lois Beebe Hayna Creative Writing Center was established by The Martin Family Trust to inspire and house creative writing on the Regis University campus.

Hayna has published five books of poems, been awarded a Colorado Fellowship in the Arts and is a founding member of Poetry West – an organization which has been active in the city for more than 20 years.

The April 22 dedication will include poetry readings by poet Jen Eilers, Joan Hershberger, both from Hayna Writers; Victoria McCabe, director of the Regis University Commitment Program; David Hicks, associate professor of English and director of the Writing Program at Regis University; and by Hayna. Barb Lundy, from Hayna Writers, will offer an introduction to Hayna.

Today Hayna continues to be active giving workshops, organizing school projects and continuing to write, including traveling to Denver monthly for Poetry West’s poets group.

Hayna  also earned the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District’s first Golden Quill Award, and received an honorary degree from Regis University in 2009.