Chapter and Verse

Chapter and Verse is a literary reading series sponsored by Jamaica Pond Poets, usually on the second Friday of the month, from October through May at 7:30 pm. The readings took place at the historic Loring Greenough House in Jamaica Plain for more than 20 years, through February 2020. Beginning October 16, 2020 and for the foreseeable future, the readings will be on Zoom. Chapter and Verse committee members are: Dorothy Derifield (Director), Sandra Storey (Codirector), Mary Birnbaum, Susanna Kittredge, Jennifer Markell, and Alan Smith Soto. For more information, contact

Chapter and Verse usually features three readers per event. Please join us. To be on our email list for readings, email with your name and email address. To receive a Zoom invitation with a link on the day of the reading, RSVP to stating that you want to attend.

Readings: Fall 2020 – Spring 2021

October 16: Mary Buchinger, *Valerie Loveland, and *Jennifer Markell; MC: *Alan Smith Soto

November 13: Allison Adair, Robbie Gamble, *Susanna Kittredge; MC: *Jennifer Markell

December 11: Joshua Coben, Steven Cramer, Joyce Peseroff; MC: *Sandra Storey

January 8: Poetry in Spanish and Translations into English and into Music

Poet: Pedro Granados     Translator: Leslie Bary
Poet: Daisy Novoa Vásquez    Translator: *Alan Smith Soto          
Poet: Juana Borrero    Translator/Composer: Stephany Svorinić
MC: *Alan Smith Soto

February 12: Susan Buttenwieser, Jennifer Martelli, Scott Withiam; MC: *Dorothy Derifield

March 12: Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Robert Carr, and Jennifer De Leon; MC: *David Miller

Sally Bliumis-Dunn teaches Modern Poetry at Manhattanville College and offers individual manuscript conferences at the Palm Beach Poetry Festival. Her poems have appeared in New Ohio Review, The Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, PLUME, Poetry London, the NYT, PBS NewsHour, upstreet, The Writer’s Almanac, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-day, and Ted Kooser’s  column, among others. In 2002, she was a finalist for the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize. Her books include Talking Underwater and Second Skin (Wind Publications, 2007 and 2010); Galapagos Poems (Kattywompus Press, 2016); Echolocation (Plume Editions Madhat Press, 2018). Echolocation was long-listed or runner-up for Best Book of the Year from the Julie Suk Award, the Eric Hoffer Prize and the Poetry by The Sea Prize, all in 2018. To buy it: 

Robert Carr is the author of Amaranth, published in 2016 by Indolent Books and The Unbuttoned Eye, a full-length 2019 collection from 3: A Taos Press. Among other publications, his poetry appears in The American Journal of PoetryMassachusetts ReviewOn the SeawallRattleShenandoah and Tar River Poetry. Robert is a poetry editor with Indolent Books and recently retired from a career as Deputy Director for the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Additional information, including book purchase information, can be found at 

Jennifer De Leon is the author of Dont Ask Me Where I’m From (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, 2020) and the editor of Wise Latinas (Univ. of Nebraska Press, 2014). An Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Framingham State University, and a faculty member in the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program at Bay Path University, she has published prose in over a dozen literary journals and is a GrubStreet instructor and board member. Her essay collection, White Space: Essays on Culture, Race, & Writing, is the recipient of the Juniper Prize and will be published by UMass Press in Spring 2021. Signed copies of her book may be ordered through Word on the Street Books: for a signed copy in the checkout comment box. is also an option (but not for signed copies).

April 9: Clare Beams, Greg LeStage, and David McCann; MC: *Mary Birnbaum

May 14: Jane Brox, Jeffrey Harrison, and Jennifer LeBlanc; MC: *Susanna Kittredge


*Member Jamaica Pond Poets