May 17, 2006 — The 4th Annual North Country Schools Peace Poetry Contest, sponsored by the SUNY-Potsdam Department of English and Communication, culminates with a public reading Friday night (7 pm) in Dunn Auditorium at SUNY- Potsdam. The event is free and open to everyone. Children's poems, selected for publication in the annual Peace Poems chapbook, will be read. Children from across the region - Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties participated this year. Paul Saint-Amand teaches in the English and Communications Department at SUNY-Potsdam and is coordinator of the Peace Poetry Contest. He spoke with Todd Moe about why the poetry is important.