Spring & Fountain Celebration

formerly known as "The Common Gathering"


Join us on Saturday, May 13th, when educators from all over the state will gather together for a day of poetry at Princeton Day School. This all-day event is open to all New Jersey educators. Participants can choose sessions, including writing activities & conversations guided by Dodge Poets.  This year’s featured poet is Sapphire who, in addition to writing poetry, is also well-known for her novel Push which inspired the Academy Award-winning film Precious. More information about Sapphire is below.

Another aspect of the Spring & Fountain Celebration is "Giving Voice," a reading of poems from a carefully curated packet of poems for educators. Participants are given the packet the morning of the Celebration, and are asked to spontaneously pick a poem to read aloud in small groups. This activity allows teachers to find new poems they connect with while also reconnecting to poems they’ve encountered before in a new way.

For the first time ever, Dodge Poetry will extend an invitation to educators to attend this day even if you have not participated in a Spring & Fountain session leading up to the Celebration!  If you’re interested in experiencing the pleasure of poetry out loud with fellow colleagues, we encourage you to register now.

The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program is registered with the New Jersey Department of Education as a Professional Development Provider. 6 Professional Development Hours (PDH) will be awarded for all-day attendance at the Spring & Fountain Celebration.

There is a $20 fee we collect at registration which covers the cost of breakfast, lunch and delicious snacks throughout the day.

Register Here!

SapphireSapphire is the author of two bestselling novels, Push and The Kid. Push was made into the Academy Award-winning major motion film Precious, and the film adaptation received the Academy Award for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress. Sapphire’s work has been translated into thirteen languages and has been adapted for stage in the United States and Europe. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in The Black Scholar, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Teacher’s Voice, The New Yorker, Spin and Bomb.