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 

                   March 9, 2018,   Friday, at 7:30 PM

                        Jonathan Aibel

Jonathan Aibel’s voice has been heard in the Brookline Poetry Series, where he was the opening reader for Alan Shapiro in 2016. He is a frequent contributor to their open mike. Jonathan has studied most recently with Lucie Brock-Broido and Henri Cole. His poems have been published in The Aurorean, Mason’s Road and Round Magazine, and included in the anthology Rhyme and Punishment from Local Gems Press. Jonathan spends his days wrestling software to the ground as an engineer specializing in quality and testing. Helives in Concord with his wife, son, and cat.

                         Ben Berman

Ben Berman’s first book, Strange Borderlands, won the 2014 Peace Corps Award for Best Book of Poetry and was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Awards. His second collection, Figuring in the Figure, is recently out from Able Muse Press. He has received awards from the New England Poetry Club and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Somerville Arts Council. He is the Poetry Editor at Solstice Literary Magazine and teaches in the Boston area, where he lives with his wife and daughters.

                        Wendy Drexler

Wendy Drexler’s third poetry collection, Before There Was Before, was published by Iris Press in March 2017. A three-time Pushcart-Prize nominee, she’s also the author of Western Motel (Turning Point, 2012) and the chapbook Drive-Ins, Gas Stations, the Bright Motels (Pudding House, 2007). Her first children’s book, Buzz, Ruby, and Their City Chicks, coauthored with Joan Kaplan, was published by Ziggy Owl Press in 2016. Her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Ibbetson Street, J Journal, Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, Salamander, The Maine Review, The Mid-American Review, The Hudson Review, The Worcester Review, and the Valparaiso Poetry Review, among others. In December, she completed certification training through Mass Poetry and Lesley University to become a poet in residence in the Boston public schools.

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   Jonathan Aibel
                           Richard Waring   Ben Berman
                           Anna M. Warrock   Wendy Drexler
                        April 13, 2018 May 11, 2018
                           Kim Garcia   Heather Derr-Smith
                           Kevin Gallagher    Thomas Dodson
                           Tino Villenueve   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.