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Iowa literary community unites for hurricane relief fundraiser

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Poets and writers from Iowa City are coming together to share one stage to raise money for hurricane relief.

The event, Iowa Writers for Hurricanes, will have authors reading from their published materials in an effort to raise money for the American Red Cross hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Texas.. There will also be messages of support from the international community included. Authors on the list include Pulitzer Prize-winner Marilynne Robinson and former Iowa Poet Laureate Marvin Bell.

The fundraiser is a collaborative effort among literary arts organizations in Iowa City such as the Iowa Writers Workshop, Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Iowa Review, and more.

Other authors taking the stage will be Lan Samantha Chang, Kiese Laymon, Mark Levine, Elizabeth Willis, Robyn Schiff, Brandon Taylor, Daniel Khalatschi, Lise Schlesinger, Bennett Sims, and children's authors Sara Prineas and Michelle Edwards.

It will be hosted by University of Iowa visiting professor D.A. Powell and Jan Weissmuller, co-owner of Prairie Lights Books.

"Organizers, moved by news of devastation and images of volunteer rescue operations, are harnessing the creative power of literature both to bring in donations and to raise awareness, in hopes of saving lives and rebuilding communities hard-hit by storms and floods," Powell wrote.

The event will happen Sunday in Iowa City at the Englert Theatre from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.. 

Tickets are available on the Englert's website here. Tickets are through a donation of $10, $25, $50, or $100 for premium seating. However, though they ask for a minimum donation of $10, they say no one will be turned away for having a lack of funds.

All donations will go directly to the Red Cross.

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