Gray Hawks writing group donates book proceeds to City of Literature

Members of the Gray Hawk Memoir Writing Group have donated proceeds from their first book, Yesterdays, to the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization.

The book gathers writing selections from members past and present, 24 in all. It is available at Prairie Lights Books and

 “Everyone in Iowa City has a story to tell,” said John Hudson, moderator of the Gray Hawk Writers. “We believe that since Iowa City has become a UNESCO City of Literature more and more average citizens are beginning to find joy in writing, and think of themselves as writers. Some of us write only to entertain ourselves, others to share with a writing group, some actually do end up being published. That is what happened with a group of memoirs written by the Gray Hawk Writers. Our book, Yesterdays, has had some success. Our check is just a small way of saying thank you to the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature for not only honoring the esteemed professional writers, but also raising the awareness and enthusiasm of us just plain folk.”

The group agreed to donate proceeds to the City of Literature, and donated $250 in late July.

“This group’s very existence is evidence of the rich literary culture in Iowa City that exists beyond the bounds of traditional structures, and its book is evidence that the writers who thrive in that culture have considerable talent and wonderful stories to tell,” said John Kenyon, executive director of the City of Literature organization.

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