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

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

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

Allison Adair’s debut collection, The Clearing, was selected by Henri Cole for Milkweed’s Max Ritvo Poetry Prize and named a New York Times “New and Noteworthy” book. Allison’s poems have appeared in American Poetry ReviewArts & LettersBest American PoetryKenyon ReviewWaxwing, and ZYZZYVA. They have been honored with the Pushcart Prize, the Florida Review Editors’ Award, and the Orlando Prize. Originally from central Pennsylvania, Allison now lives with her family in the Boston area, where she teaches at Boston College and Grub Street. The Clearing is available at local bookstores or through

Robbie Gamble’s poems and essays have appeared in Cutthroat, RHINO, Rust + Moth, Scoundrel Time, and Tahoma Literary Review. He was the winner of the 2017 Carve Poetry prize, and was a 2019 Peter Taylor Fellow at the Kenyon Summer Writers Workshop. He serves as associate poetry editor for Solstice: a Magazine of Diverse Voices. After working for many years as a nurse practitioner with the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, he now divides his time between Boston and Vermont. 

Susanna Kittredge’s poems have appeared in publications such as Barrow Street, 14 Hills, The Columbia Review and Salamander as well as the anthologies Bay Poetics (Faux Press, 2006) and Shadowed: Unheard Voices (The Press at California State University, Fresno 2014). She has an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Her first full-length collection, The Future Has a Reputation, was published by CW Books in January, 2020. She lives in the Boston area and is a member of The Jamaica Pond Poets workshop and the Brighton Word Factory, a bi-weekly open writing group. By day she teaches middle schoolers. The Future Has a Reputation can be purchased directly from the author by contacting her at . It is also available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

January 8: Poetry in Spanish and Translations

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



*Member Jamaica Pond Poets