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 

December 14, 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 studied with Lucie Brock-Broido as she summered in Cambridge, and is currently studying with Barbara Helfgott-Hyett. He has also been fortunate enough to sit in on classes with David Ferry. Jonathan’s poems have been published, or will soon appear, in The Lily Poetry Review, The Aurorean, Mason’s Road, and Round Magazine. They have been 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, and he lives in Concord with his wife, son, and cat, who, like most cats, is a poem unto himself.

 Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough

Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough, a native of Poland, is an essayist and translator. The essays in her 2018 debut collection Objects of Affection were published in Agni, The American Scholar, LitHub, Ploughshares, The Threepenny Review, TriQuarterly, and other journals. The title piece, “Objects of Affection,” was selected for inclusion in The Best American Essays 2012; five others were listed among Notable Essays for 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017. Hryniewicz-Yarbrough’s translations of Polish poetry have appeared in numerous publications, including Poetry, The New Yorker, The Paris Review. In 2010 They Carry a Promise, her translation of a book of poems by the Polish poet Janusz Szuber, was published by Knopf. She has also translated a collection of Philip Levine’s poetry into Polish.

 Ellen Steinbaum

Ellen Steinbaum is the author of four poetry collections including This Next Tenderness, which was published last spring. Her work has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize and is included in several anthologies including The Widows’ Handbook and Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems American Places. An award-winning journalist and former Boston Globe columnist, she writes a blog, “Reading and Writing and the Occasional Recipe” which can be found at her web site,

2017-2018 Season  

                          October 12, 2018 November 9, 2018
                             Nausheen Eusuf   Jonathan Bennett Bonilla
                             Robert Fieseler
  Holly Guran
                             Gail Mazur   Willy Ramirez
                         December 14, 2018 January 11, 2019
                            Jonathan Aibel   Paul Hostovsky
                            Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough   Christina Liu
                            Ellen Steinbaum   Cammy Thomas
                        February 8, 2019 March 8, 2019
                           TBA   TBA
                           TBA   TBA
                           TBA   TBA
                        April 12, 2019 May 10, 2019
                           TBA   TBA
                           TBA   TBA
                           TBA   TBA

                                                                                       *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.