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Alice Ryerson Hayes

Born: 1922
Died: October 13, 2006

Pen Name: Alice Judson Hayes

Connection to Illinois: Hayes grew up in Chicago and lived in Lake Forest and Hyde Park, Illinois. She attended the Francis Parker School in Chicago, Milton Academy, Bryn Mawr College and the University of Chicago.

Biography: Alice Ryerson Hayes was a poet, leader and visionary who initiated the Ragdale Foundation in 1976 as an artists' community to be housed on her family's summer estate in Lake Forest, Illinois, continuing the four-generation tradition of the Shaw family of artists and writers. She wished that the 1898 Shaw-designed house and grounds be preserved, but not as a house museum: she saw it as a living, continuing artists' community. In 1986, she donated the property to the City of Lake Forest and established the network of partnerships that has preserved Ragdale. Many acres of virgin prairie that were part of the original Ragdale property have been given to the Lake Forest Open Lands Foundation to protect. Thanks to Hayes' efforts, the Ragdale Foundation is the fourth-largest artists' and writers' retreat in the country, and the largest in the Midwest.She was active in peace work and anti-war work. In the 1980s, she helped to found the Chicago chapter of Educators for Social Responsibility.In 2002, Hayes received the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award, which the Illinois Humanities Council awards for exceptional contributions to the community. The Alice Judson Hayes Writing Fellowship is given out annually in her honor.

  • -- Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2015

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Alice Ryerson Hayes on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

  Journal of the lake :
ISBN: 0931416108 OCLC: 37952006

  New and selected poems, 1943-1985 /
ISBN: 0933180985 OCLC: 17740278

Spoon River Poetry Press, Peoria, Ill. : 1987.

Water, Sheba's story /
ISBN: 1880404176 OCLC: 36438773

Bookwrights Press, Charlottesville, Va. : 1997.