Chapter and Verse

Chapter and Verse is a free literary reading series sponsored by the Jamaica Pond Poets, usually on the second Friday of the month, from October through May. The events take place at the Loring Greenough House in Jamaica Plain at 7:30 PM (for map and directions, see below). The operating committee members are  Dorothy Derifield, Sandra Storey, Susanna Kittridge, Jennifer Markell, and Alan Smith Soto

There are three readers followed by free refreshments. Open to all. Please join us. A $5.00 donation is requested but not required.For more information, contact


Biographies of Our Next Readers 

March 13, 2020,   Friday, at 7:30 PM

Mary Buchinger               

Mary Buchingeris the author of four collections of poetry, including e i n f ü h l u n g/in feeling, Aerialist, and Navigating the Reach (forthcoming). Her poetry has appeared in AGNI, Salamander, Slice Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. She is president of the New England Poetry Club and professor of English and communication studies at MCPHS University in Boston.

Jennifer Markell

Jennifer Markell’s first poetry collection, Samsara, published in April, 2014 by WordTech Communications, was named a “Must Read Book of Poetry” for 2015 by the Massachusetts Book Awards. Markell won the Barbara Bradley & Firman Houghton awards from the New England Poetry Club. Several years later she became a member of the NEPC Board. Her work has appeared in publications including Consequence, The Hawaii Pacific Review, RHINO, Tinderbox Poetry Journal and The Women’s Review of Books. Jennifer works as a psychotherapist, traveling the royal road that dreams and poetry share.

J. D. Scrimgeour

J.D. Scrimgeour won the AWP Award for Nonfiction for his second book of nonfiction, Themes for English B: A Professor’s Education In & Out of Class. He is also the author of four poetry collections, the most recent being Festival. With musician Philip Swanson he released Ogunquit & Other Works, a CD blending music and poetry. The musical, Only Human, composed with his sons Aidan and Guthrie, premiered at Ames Hall Theatre in 2014. He lives in Salem, Massachusetts, where he chairs the English Department at Salem State University and hosts the Salem Writers’ Group at the Salem Athenaeum.

2019-2020 Season  

                          October 11, 2019 November 8, 2019
                             Denise Bergman   George Kalogeris
                             Dorothy Derifield*
  Margo Taft Stever
                             Lloyd Schwartz   Crystal Williams
                         December 13, 2019 January 10, 2020
                            Susan Donnelly   Aimée Sands
                            Audrey Henderson*   Matthew Sisson
                            Terry Kitchen   Jason Tandon
                        February 14, 2020 March 13, 2020
                           Bill Banfield   Mary Buchinger
                           Jim LaFond-Lewis*   Jennifer Markell*
                           Clara Ronderos   J. D. Scrimgeour
                        April 3, 2020 May 8, 2020
                           Allison Adair   Josh Coben
                           Eileen Cleary   Edison Dupree
                           Robbie Gamble   Susanna Kittredge*

                                                                                       *member of the Jamaica Pond Poets   

Getting to the Loring-Greenough House 

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12 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Parking Information: The Loring-Greenough House has a parking lot, but  several spaces are reserved for ZIP Cars. Please respect these spaces, and also please try not to park on the grass. There is also ample nonrestricted street parking and a large, free public parking lot off Centre Street, between Burroughs and Thomas Streets, just a couple of blocks from the Loring-Greenough House.