Common Gathering Information for Participants

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The Common Gathering:   May 9th Princeton, NJ

On Saturday, May 9th, participants from all Spring & Fountain sessions will join Dodge Poets for a day-long “poetry retreat” full of readings, conversations and writing activities.  We are excited to announce that our featured poet is Patricia Smith, who was featured at the 2008 and 2012 Festivals and is a four-time National Poetry Slam Champion. 


The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program is registered with the New Jersey Department of Education as a Professional Development Provider.  Upon completion of the required hours, as described below, registered participants receive the following number of hours:

  • 7 PDH will be awarded for attendance at all 3 sessions of a 3-session series.
  • 14 PDH will be awarded for attendance at all 6 sessions of a 6-session series.
  • An additional 6 PDH will be awarded for all-day attendance at The Common Gathering on May 9, 2015.
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I’m going out to clean the pasture spring;
I’ll only stop to rake the leaves away
(And wait to watch the water clear, I may):
I sha'nt be gone long.—You come too.

            --Robert Frost, “The Pasture”


Clearing the Spring, Tending the Fountain gets its title from the understanding that, like the spring in Robert Frost’s “The Pasture,” the spring of our imaginative and creative centers requires tending. This can be particularly true for teachers with the increasing pressures put on them in these challenging times.

Since 1992, the Dodge Poetry Program has offered Spring & Fountain to New Jersey teachers of all grade levels and subject areas.