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 resume in fall, 2022, at the historic Loring Greenough House, 12 South Street in Monument Square in Jamaica Plain where they have been held for more than 20 years.

Readings in January and February will still be on Zoom in 2023. (From October, 2020 to May 2022 the readings were held on Zoom due to the pandemic. Chapter and Verse usually features three readers per event. Chapter and Verse managers are: Dorothy Derifield (Director), Sandra Storey (Co-director). For more information, contact dorothy.derifield@gmail.com

Please join us. To be on our email list for readings, email sandeestorey@fastmail.fm with your name and email address. In January and February, to receive a Zoom invitation with a link on the day of the reading, RSVP to sandeestorey@fastmail.fm with your email stating that you want to attend.


     Upcoming Readings: Fall 2022 – Spring 2023

February 10 – Jean Dany Joachim, Mark Soto, and Alan Smith Soto; MC – Audrey Henderson

Jean Dany Joachim is a poet, past Cambridge Poet Populist, Poet in residence at First Church in Cambridge, Director of City Night Readings Series, and in residence at Little Crepe Café in Cambridge. He has three published collections of poetry, Crossroads/Chimenkwaze (2013), Avec des Mots (2014), and Quartier (2016). Joachim is a 2017 Massachusetts Cultural Council grant recipient for his play: “Your Voice Poet.”


Poet/translator Mark Smith-Soto was born in the U.S. and raised in his mother’s country, Costa Rica. He has authored three prize-winning chapbooks and three full-length poetry collections, Our Lives Are Rivers (U. Press of Florida, 2003), Any Second Now (Main Street Rag, 2006) and Time Pieces (Main Street Rag, 2015). His work, recognized in 2005 with an NEA Fellowship in Creative Writing, has appeared in Kenyon ReviewLiterary ReviewLouisville Review, Missouri ReviewNimrodPoetry East, RattleThe Sun and many other journals and anthologies. His work of translation, Fever Season: Selected Poetry of Ana Istarú (2010) and his lyrical memoir Berkeley Prelude (2013), were both published by Unicorn Press.


Born in San José, Costa Rica into a bicultural family, Alan Smith Soto lives in Jamaica Plain, Mass. and is a member of Jamaica Pond Poets. He has published three collections of poetry: Fragmentos de Alcancía (Treasure Jar Fragments, 1998), with a grant from the Spanish consulate in Boston; Libro del lago (Lake Poems, 2014); and Hasta que no haya luna (Till the Moon is No More, 2021). He translated Life and Death, by Robert Creeley. Vida y muerte, was published in 2000. His translation and edition of a special issue of the International Poetry ReviewSpain’s Poetry of Conscience, was published in 2006. In 2017, he directed and acted in Tres episodios y un incendio (Three Episodes and a Fire), a work of poetry written with Pilar González España. His current work includes a collection of poetic pieces for stage and his first poetry collection in English.


March 10 – Wendy Drexler, Tom Laughlin, and Ladette Randolph; MC – Sandra Storey

April 14 – readers TBA

May 12 – readers TBA


 

Previous Readings

with links on how to buy readers’ books and to videos of some of the readings


                  Readings: Fall 2022 – Spring 2023

                       October 14: Kathleen Aguero, Eileen Cleary, and Steven Riel: MC: Sandee Storey

                                 To order Kathleen Aguero’s World Happiness Index, click here

                                 To order Eileen Cleary’s 2 a.m. with Keats, click here

                                 To order Steven Riel’s Fellow Odd Fellow, click here


 

  November 11: Jennifer Barber, Charles Coe, and Aaron Tillman: MC: Dorothy Derifield


  December 9: Ann Bookman, Harris Gardner, and Sandra Storey: MC: David Miller


  January 13: Susan Donnelly, Jim Nichols, and Melissa Peters: MC: Susanna Kittredge

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Readings: Fall 2021 – Spring 2022

October 15: Frannie Lindsay, Maureen McElroy, Brian Simoneau; MC: Sandee Storey

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To order Maureen McElroy’s chapbook, contact her at mcelroy55@rcn.com

To order Brian Sim0neau’s No Small Comfort, click  here 


November 12: Gail Mazur, *David Miller, Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne; MC: Dorothy Derifield

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December 10: Danielle Legros Georges, *Jennifer Markell, Jan Schreiber; MC: David Miller

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To order Jennifer Markell’s book, click here or go to her site for a signed copy

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January 14: Indran Amirthanayagam and Dick Lourie
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February 11: Graciela Baquero, Katherine Hanulla Hill, Alexis Ivy, and Alan Smith Soto

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March 11: *Dorothy Derifield, Mark Pawlak, and Sheryl White

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April 8: Sam Cha, Gloria Mindock, and Peter Schmitt; MC: Sandee Storey

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May 13: Kevin Gallagher, Marcia Karp, and Chandreyee Lahiri; MC: Dorothy Derifield

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To check out  Chandreyee Lahiri’s work – click here

 

Readings: Fall 2020 – Spring 2021

October 16: Mary Buchinger, *Valerie Loveland, *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

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

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

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       Buy Jeffrey Harrison’s books here

       Buy Jennifer LeBlanc’s book here

 

*Member Jamaica Pond Poets

 

 

October 14: Kathleen Aguero, Eileen Cleary, and Steven Riel: MC: Sandee Storey