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 11, 2019,   Friday, at 7:30 PM

Denise Bergman

Denise Bergman is the author of four books of poetry. Three Hands None was published by Black Lawrence Press this year. A Woman in Pieces Crossed a Sea, 2014, won the West End Press Patricia Clark Smith Poetry Prize. The Telling, 2014, is a book-length poem generated by a relative’s one-sentence secret. Seeing Annie Sullivan, 2008, is based on the early life of Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller’s teacher. The Shape of the Keyhole will be published by Black Lawrence Press in 2020.The first stanza of her poem “Red” is permanently installed in a public park in Cambridge. Her poetry is widely published, most recently in Poetry, Beloit Journal, Solstice, and Paterson Literary Review. She lives in Cambridge.

Dorothy Derifield

Dorothy Derifield is the director of the long-running literary reading series Chapter and Verse in Jamaica Plain. She is also a member of the committee that directs the Rozzie Reads Poetry Reading Series in Roslindale. She is the author of a chapbook, The River and the Lakes, and the forthcoming book  Zero Plus Time (Cherry Grove Collections, 2020). Her work has won an Editor’s Award from Plainsongs and has appeared in the Radcliffe Quarterly among other journals. She is a member of the Jamaica Pond Poets and lives in Roslindale.

Lloyd Schwartz

Lloyd Schwartz is Somerville’s poet laureate. Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at UMass Boston, he’s also classical music critic for NPR’s Fresh Air and WBUR’s the ARTery. He has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism and fellowships in poetry from the NEA and Guggenheim Foundation. His four poetry collections include, most recently, Little Kisses (U of Chicago), and his poems have been selected for a Pushcart Prize, The Best American Poetry, and The Best of the Best American Poetry. An internationally respected Elizabeth Bishop scholar, his Bishop editions include the Library of America’s Bishop: Poems, Prose, and Letters.

2018-2019 Season  

                          October 11, 2019 November 8, 2019
                             Denise Bergman   George Kalogeris
                             Dorothy Derifield*
  Margo Stever
                             Lloyd Schwartz   Crystal Williams
                         December 13, 2019 January 10, 2020
                            Susan Donnelly   TBA
                            Edison Dupree   Aimee Sands
                            Audrey Henderson*   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.