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 

February 14, 2020,   Friday, at 7:30 PM

Bill Banfield

Dr. Bill Banfield serves as Professor of Africana Studies/Music and Society, director of the Center for Africana Studies/Liberal Arts and teaches in the department. of composition and the graduate school, Berklee College of Music. In 2002, he served as a W.E.B. Dubois fellow at Harvard University and was appointed by Toni Morrison to serve as the visiting Atelier Professor, Princeton University, 2003. Banfield was appointed  in 2019 as a research associate with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Having served twice as a Pulitzer Prize judge in American music, Banfield is an award winning composer whose symphonies, operas, chamber works have been performed and recorded by major symphonies across the country. He also writes nonfiction about music and culture and has published a novel, Cedric’s Truth.

Jim LaFond-Lewis

Jim LaFond-Lewis—poet, photographer, generalist—was born seventh in a family of nine siblings where he learned to negotiate a wide variety of personalities and relationships. Although an English major, he spent the first 30 years of his working life as a restaurateur and subsequently, after a brief foray into journalism, settled into the candy manufacturing business. He has written short stories, a screenplay and volumes of poetry. The Year There Were No Apples is his first published volume. Over the last 20 years, he has also developed an abiding passion for photography.

Clara Ronderos

Clara Eugenia Ronderos is a Colombian American writer. She holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature from University of Massachusetts/Amherst. Her publications include The Poetry of Clara Eugenia Ronderos: Seasons of Exile, a translation by Mary. G. Berg and the author of her prize-winning collection Estaciones en Exilio (2010). Other recent publications are Ábrete Sésamo, Madrid: 2016 (short stories), De Reyes y Fuegos and Después de la Fábula, Madrid: 2018 (poetry) and Agua que no has de beber, Argentina: 2019 (short stories). Currently she is a Professor of Spanish and Literature at Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass.

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.