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 


                   May 11, 2018,   Friday, at 7:30 PM

                         Thomas Dodson

Thomas Dodson is a writer, librarian, and web developer. A finalist for the Glimmer Train Award for New Writers and a recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship, his stories have appeared in Gulf Coast, Beloit Fiction Journal, Consequence Magazine, Chicago Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. Currently a Somerville resident, Tom will be leaving New England in the fall to attend the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.

                         Rebecca Kaiser Gibson

Rebecca Kaiser Gibson is the author of OPINEL (Bauhan Publishing, 2015), and two chapbooks, Admit the Peacock and Inside the Exhibition. She received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, The Heinrich Böll Cottage in Ireland, and the 2008 Fellowship in Poetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to teach poetry in Hyderabad, India, 2011. Her poems have appeared in Agni, Field, The Greensboro Review, The Harvard Review, Ocean State Review, Salamander, Slate, The Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art, and The Tupelo Quarterly, and featured in Verse Daily, among others. Rebecca lives in Marlborough, NH and teaches poetry at Tufts University.

                        David Surette

David R. Surette’s new book of poetry is Malden. He is the author of five other collections, including Stable, which was named an Honor Book at the 2016 Massachusetts Book Awards. Recently, his poems have been featured in 3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England WritersHe teaches and coaches varsity hockey at East Bridgewater Junior Senior High School. He lives on Cape Cod..

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   Thomas Dodson
                           Kim Garcia    Rebecca Kaiser Gibson
                           Tino Villanueva   David Surette

                                                                                       *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.