Chapter and Verse

Chapter and Verse is a literary reading series sponsored by Jamaica Pond Poets, usually on the second Friday of the month, from October through May at 7:30 pm. The readings took place at the historic Loring Greenough House in Jamaica Plain for more than 20 years, through February 2020. Beginning October 16, 2020 and for the foreseeable future, the readings will be on Zoom. Chapter and Verse committee members are: Dorothy Derifield (Director), Sandra Storey (Codirector), Mary Birnbaum, Susanna Kittredge, Jennifer Markell, and Alan Smith Soto. For more information, contact

Chapter and Verse usually features three readers per event. Please join us. To be on our email list for readings, email with your name and email address. To receive a Zoom invitation with a link on the day of the reading, RSVP to stating that you want to attend.

Readings: Fall 2020 – Spring 2021

October 16: Mary Buchinger, *Valerie Loveland, and *Jennifer Markell; MC: *Alan Smith Soto

November 13: Allison Adair, Robbie Gamble, *Susanna Kittredge; MC: *Jennifer Markell

December 11: Joshua Coben, Steven Cramer, Joyce Peseroff; MC: *Sandra Storey

January 8: Poetry in Spanish and Translations into English and into Music

Poet: Pedro Granados     Translator: Leslie Bary
Poet: Daisy Novoa Vásquez    Translator: *Alan Smith Soto          
Poet: Juana Borrero    Translator/Composer: Stephany Svorinić
MC: *Alan Smith Soto

February 12: Susan Buttenwieser, Jennifer Martelli, Scott Withiam; MC: *Dorothy Derifield

Susan Buttenwieser is the author of the short story collection We Were Lucky with the Rain (Four Way Books). Her writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and appeared in numerous literary publications and received fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She contributes news features regularly to Women’s Media Center and teaches creative writing in New York City public schools in high-poverty neighborhoods, with incarcerated women and older adults. To purchase We Were Lucky with the Rain go to

Jennifer Martelli is the author of My Tarantella (Bordighera Press), selected as a 2019 “Must Read” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book and named as a finalist for the Housatonic Book Award. Her chapbook, After Bird, was the winner of the Grey Book Press open reading, 2016. In the Year of Ferraro was recently published by Nixes Mate. Her work has appeared in Verse Daily, Iron Horse Review (winner, Photo Finish contest), On the Seawall, The Sycamore Review, and Poetry. Jennifer Martelli has twice received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for her poetry. She is co-poetry editor for Mom Egg Review. You can order My Tarantella by going to In the Year of Ferraro can be ordered from Nixes Mate Publishing·-jennifer-martelli/ .

Scott Withiam’s latest book of poems, Doors Out of the Underworld, was published by MadHat Press in October 2019. Withiam has been a recipient of the Ploughshares Cohen Award, and the Two Rivers Review Chapbook and Drunken Boat Pan-Literary prizes. His first book, Arson & Prophets, came out with Ashland Poetry Press. Poems have been published by AGNI, Beloit Poetry Journal, Boston Review, Diagram, Indiana Review, Ploughshares, Plume, The Sun and elsewhere. He formerly taught college English Literature and writing and now works for a non-profit in the Boston area. Doors Out of the Underworld can be purchased online by going to Either or both books can be purchased by emailing the author at

March 12: Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Robert Carr, and Jennifer De Leon; MC: *David Miller

April 9: Clare Beams, Greg LeStage, and David McCann; MC: *Mary Birnbaum

May 14: Jane Brox, Jeffrey Harrison, and Jennifer LeBlanc; MC: *Susanna Kittredge


*Member Jamaica Pond Poets