Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Clearing the Spring, Tending the Fountain

Sites are filling up quickly—some sites are already full! Register today to reserve a seat in the location of your choice.

Seats are still available in: Bordentown, Branchburg, Cherry Hill, East Brunswick, Hoboken, Morristown, Newark, Oceanville, Paterson, Princeton, Red Bank & Ridgewood!

Please note: The deadline for registration for Princeton, Hoboken, Cherry Hill and Princeton is 2/23. The Cranford session is full, and registration has been closed.

“Clearing the Spring, Tending the Fountain” gets its title from the understanding that the spring of our imaginative and creative lives requires tending. We believe that the pleasure of engaging with poetry is vitally important, and that teachers—now more than ever—will benefit from renewing their connection to poetry, nurturing their creative lives and supporting their imaginations.

What Happens at Spring & Fountain Sessions

Neither academic seminars nor writing workshops, Spring & Fountain sessions are deceptively simple, yet deeply rewarding. With the guidance of an experienced Dodge Poet, members of the group read poems aloud to one another, immerse themselves in deep listening and have lively discussions about their personal connections to the poems and immediate responses to the readings. Connecting with poems as an aural/oral art allows participants to re-experience the joy of being read aloud to,  engage in meaningful conversations with like-minded colleagues, and re-discover how important personal connection is in experiencing poetry as a living art form.

Don't miss your chance to sign up near your home or school. All Spring & Fountain locations across the state can be found here with links to registration.

For more information on Spring & Fountain programs, visit our website or write to with questions. 

Once you are registered, you can also sign up for the Common Gathering on May 9th, featuring special guest poet Patricia Smith!