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 

December 13, 2019,   Friday, at 7:30 PM

Susan Donnelly

Susan Donnelly is the author of Eve Names the Animals, Transit, Capture the Flag, and six chapbooks. Her newest chapbook is The Finding Day (2019). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Agni, and in many other journals, anthologies, and online sites. This year she won the New England Poetry Club’s Samuel Washington Allen Award for her sequence, “The Maureen Papers.” Susan conducts poetry classes and individual consultations from her home in Arlington.

Audrey Henderson

Audrey Henderson’s first collection of poetry, Airstream, was shortlisted for the 2015 Saltire Society First Book Prize and was a finalist for the 2014 Homebound Publications Poetry Prize. Audrey recently was shortlisted for the 2019 Alpine Fellowship and was a 2014 Hawthornden Fellow. Her poems have appeared in The Dark Horse, Magma, Gutter, New Writing Scotland, The Midwest Quarterly and Tar River Poetry. She was a finalist for the Indiana Review 1/2 K Award and won second place in the River Styx International Poetry Contest. An essay, Olmstead, 9/11 and Me is included in Wildness, Voices of the Sacred Landscape published by Homebound Publications.

Terry Kitchen

Terry Kitchen is best known as an award-winning songwriter and musician, releasing ten CDs of original music since the 1990s, but he has also written fiction, personal non-fiction, and plays. His 2013 novel Next Big Thing, based on his years with the Boston rock band Loose Ties, was called “a great debut novel” by the San Francisco Book Review. His short fiction has appeared in the Wilderness House Literary Review. Terry lives in Roslindale with his wife and cat. More at

2018-2019 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   TBA
                            Audrey Henderson*   Aimee Sands
                            Terry Kitchen   Jason Tandon
                        February 14, 2020 March 13, 2020
                           Bill Banfield   TBA
                           Jim LaFond-Lewis*   TBA
                           Clara Ronderos   TBA
                        April 3, 2020 May 8, 2020
                           Allison Adair   Josh Coben
                           Robbie Gamble   Susanna Kittredge*
                           TBA   TBA

                                                                                       *member of the Jamaica Pond Poets   

Getting to the Loring-Greenough House 

With some browsers, the map below won’t work properly or won’t show at all. If such is your case, you can get a map and directions by clicking on the following link and using the following address:

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.