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 9, 2018,   Friday, at 7:30 PM

                        Natalie Shapero

Natalie Shapero is the Professor of the Practice of Poetry at Tufts University and an editor at large of the Kenyon Review. Her poetry collections are Hard Child and No Object, and her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Nation, Granta, and elsewhere. She lives in Somerville.

                         Richard Waring

Richard Waring’s poems have appeared in the Ars Medica, Comstock Review, Sanctuary, Contact II, the American Journal of Nursing, Mothering, JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association), and other publications. He has been anthologized in The Pocket Poetry Parenting Guide, Rough Places Plain: Poems of the Mountains, and The Unitarian Universalist Poets: A Contemporary American Survey. His first full collection of poetry, What Love Tells Me, was published by Word Poetry in 2016. He has hosted the Workshop for Publishing Poets reading series for the past decade, currently happening at the West Newton Y. He is a senior layout artist for the New England Journal of Medicine.

                        Anna M. Warrock

Anna M. Warrock’s publications include From the Other Room, winner of the Slate Roof Press chapbook contest, and the chapbooks Horizon and Smoke and Stone. Her work appears in the anthology Kiss Me Goodnight, Poems and Stories by Women Who Were Girls When Their Mothers Died, Minnesota Book Award Finalist, for which she also wrote the introduction. Her poems have appeared in a number of magazines, such as The Madison Review, Harvard Review, The Sun, Phoebe, and Poiesis. They have also been set to music, performed at Boston’s Hayden Planetarium, and permanently installed in a Boston-area subway station. She has held seminars on understanding grief and loss through poetry. She lives in Somerville. ( )

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
                          Natalie Shapero   Jonathan Aibel
                          Richard Waring   Ben Berman
                         Anna M. Warrock   Wendy Drexler
                         April 13, 2018 May 11, 2018
                          TBA   Heather Derr-Smith
                          TBA    Thomas Dodson
                          TBA   Rebecca Kaiser Gibson

                                                                                       *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.