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

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

To view a recording of this reading, click here.

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

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

Jane Brox’s fifth book, Silence, was selected as an Editors’ Choice by The New York Times Book Review. Her previous book, Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light, was named one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2010 by Time magazine. She is also the author of Clearing Land: Legacies of the American FarmFive Thousand Days Like This One, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction; and Here and Nowhere Else, which won the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award. Her essays have appeared in many anthologies including Best American Essays and The Norton Book of Nature Writing. She lives in Brunswick, Maine. Her books may be purchased through Gulf of Maine Books at .

Jeffrey Harrison’s sixth book of poetry, Between Lakes, was published by Four Way Books in September 2020. His previous books include Into Daylight, (Tupelo Press, 2014) winner the Dorset Prize, Incomplete Knowledge (Four Way, 2006), runner-up for the Poets’ Prize, Feeding the Fire, which won the Sheila Motton Award from the New England Poetry Club in 2002, and The Singing Underneath, a National Poetry Series selection in 1987. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA, and his poems have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, including Best American Poetry and The Pushcart Prize volumes. Between Lakes is available from All of his books are at

Jennifer LeBlanc earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University. Her first full-length book, Descent, was published by Finishing Line Press (2020), and individual poems have been published in journals such as The Adirondack ReviewCAIRNThe Main Street Rag, and Melusine. Jennifer was nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize and works in the English Department at Tufts University. Descent is available at 


*Member Jamaica Pond Poets