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 


                   October 12, 2018,   Friday, at 7:30 PM

                         Nausheen Eusuf

Nausheen Eusuf is a PhD candidate in English at Boston University and a graduate of the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins. Her poetry has appeared in The American Scholar, Poetry Daily, PN Review, Salmagundi, World Literature Today, and Best American Poetry 2018. Her first full-length collection, Not Elegy, But Eros, was published by NYQ Books (US) and Bengal Lights Books (Bangladesh). Website:

                         Robert Fieseler

Robert W. Fieseler is a recipient of the Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship and the Lynton Fellowship in Book Writing. His first book, Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation, a work of civil rights history published by W.W. Norton/Liveright, reconstructs the 1973 fire that devastated New Orleans’ subterranean gay community. A writer for Buzzfeed, Quartz and elsewhere, Fieseler married his longtime partner at Walden Pond and lives in Boston.

                        Gail Mazur

Gail Mazur is the author of Nightfire (1978); The Pose of Happiness (1986), The Common (1995); They Can’t Take That Away from Me (2001), finalist for the National Book Award; Zeppo’s First Wife: New and Selected Poems (2005), winner of The Massachusetts Book Prize and finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Paterson Poetry Prize; Figures in a Landscape (2011); and Forbidden City (2016). She is distinguished writer in residence at Emerson College.

2017-2018 Season  

                          October 12, 2018 November 9, 2018
                             Nausheen Eusuf   TBA
                             Robert Fieseler
                             Gail Mazur   TBA
                         December 14, 2018 January 11, 2019
                            TBA   TBA
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                        February 8, 2019 March 8, 2019
                           TBA   TBA
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                        April 12, 2019 May 10, 2019
                           TBA   TBA
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                                                                                       *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.