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 


                   April 13, 2018,   Friday, at 7:30 PM

                         Kevin Gallagher

 Kevin Gallagher is a poet, publisher, and political economist. His recent book of poetry is LOOM (MadHat, 2016). A   new book, And Yet it Moves, will be published by MadHat in 2019. He is the editor of spoKe, a Boston-based journal   of poetry and poetics. He lives with his wife Kelly, kids Theo and Estelle, and dog Rexroth in Belmont.

                         Kim Garcia

Kim Garcia is the author of The Brighter House, winner of the 2015 White Pine Press Poetry Prize and finalist for the 2016 Julie Suk Award, DRONE, winner of the 2015 Backwaters Prize, and Madonna Magdalene, released by Turning Point Books in 2006. Her chapbook Tales of the Sisters won the 2015 Sow’s Ear Poetry Review Chapbook Contest. Garcia teaches creative writing at Boston College

                        Tino Villanueva

Tino Villanueva writes and also paints. His volumes of poetry include, Shaking Off the Dark (1984), Crónica de mis años peores (1987) and Scene from the Movie GIANT (1993), which won a 1994 American Book Award. His latest book: So Spoke Penelope (2013). His poems appear in high school and college textbooks, and his paintings on the covers and inside pages of U.S. and international cultural journals: Nexos (Mexico City), Green Mountains ReviewTriQuarterlyParnassusOff the Coast, and Connecticut Review. He recently retired from Boston University.

2017-2018 Season  

                          October 13, 2017 November 10, 2017
                             Noy Holland   Amy Hoffman
                             Adam Scheffler   Meg Kearney
                             Sandra Storey*   Nicholas Samaras
                         December 8, 2017 January 12, 2018
                            Karen Locasio   Alan Smith Soto*
                            Fred Marchant   Tim Suermondt
                            Robert Oldshue   Pui Ying Wong
                        February 9, 2018 March 9, 2018
                           Simeon Berry   Ben Berman
                           Richard Waring   Wendy Drexler
                           Anna M. Warrock   Ralph Pennel
                        April 13, 2018 May 11, 2018
                           Kevin Gallagher   Heather Derr-Smith
                           Kim Garcia    Thomas Dodson
                           Tino Villanueva   Rebecca Kaiser Gibson

                                                                                       *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.