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, Joshua Coben, *Jennifer Markell, MC: *Alan Smith Soto

Mary Buchinger is the author of four collections of poetry, including e i n f ü h l u n g/in feeling, Aerialist (finalist for the May Swenson Poetry Award, OSU Wheeler Prize, and the Perugia Press Prize) and Navigating the Reach (forthcoming). Her work has appeared in AGNI, Salamander, Boston Globe, Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. She grew up on a farm in Michigan, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador, studied linguistics at Boston University. She is mother of two sons, president of the New England Poetry Club, and teaches at MCPHS University in Boston. Her books can be ordered from her  website:

Joshua Coben’s recent collection, Night Chaser (David Robert Books, 2020), was a finalist for the Vassar Miller Prize, the New American Poetry Prize, and the Donald Justice Poetry Prize. His first book, Maker of Shadows (Texas Review Press, 2010), won the X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Atlanta Review, The Cincinnati Review, College English, Pleiades, Poet Lore, Poetry DailySalamander, and elsewhere. A St. Louis native, he is an elementary school teacher and librarian. He and his family live in Dedham. Visit him online at His books can be purchased from at the following links: Night Chaser  Maker of Shadows.

Jennifer Markell’s first full length poetry collection, Samsara, (Turning Point, 2014) was named a “Must Read Book of Poetry” by the Massachusetts Book Awards in 2015. Before joining the Board of the New England Poetry Club, Jennifer was awarded the Firman Houghton and Barbara Bradley awards. In 2016 she was a Finalist for the Rita Dove Prize in Poetry (International Literary Awards). Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Cimarron Review, Consequence, Diode, RHINO, Solstice, Tinderbox, and The Women’s Review of Books. She works as a psychotherapist with interest in mindfulness practice and therapeutic uses of writing. Link to purchase Samsara:, also available on

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

December 13: Steven Kramer, *Valerie Loveland, Joyce Peseroff, MC: *Sandra Storey


*Member Jamaica Pond Poets