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NECC Seeks Submissions for 5th Annual Peace Poetry Contest

Submitted by on December 21, 2012 – 9:24 am

NECC Student Heather Norcross won the 2011 Peace Poetry Contest in the adult category

Students in grades kindergarten through 12, both from public and private schools, as well as adults affiliated with the schools, and Northern Essex Community College students, are invited to participate in Northern Essex Community College’s Fifth Annual Peace Poetry Contest and Reading. Participants may create and submit original poems on the subject of peace.

The deadline for submission is Friday, March 15, 2013. Some 80 poems and accompanying artwork will be selected for publication in a small book of poetry to be published later in the spring. In addition, selected entrants will be invited to take part in a poetry reading from 6:00-8:00p.m. on Friday, May 3 in the Hartleb Technology Center on Northern Essex’s Haverhill Campus.

Last year’s contest, the fourth annual, attracted over 1000 entries from more than 48 schools. The contest is coordinated by NECC Professor of English Dr. Paul G. Saint-Amand, a Vietnam era veteran who is committed to peace. “As an educator, I want to fuel children’s imaginations toward peace,” he says. “A lot more has been written about war than about peace.”

NECC students are collaborating on the project and have designed posters and award certificates, participated in judging entries, and will host the public reading.

Entries can be submitted to peacepoetry@necc.mass.edu or NECC Peace Poetry Contest, 100 Elliott St., Spurk 317H, Haverhill, MA 01830-2399.

For additional information contact Dr. Paul Saint-Amand at 978-556-3307, psaintamand@necc.mass.edu or visit the webpage at http://www.necc.mass.edu/academics/enrichment/service-learning/peace-poetry/
This contest is sponsored by the NECC Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, the English Department, and the Service Learning Committee.

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