Rozzie Reads Poetry

Rozzie Reads Poetry is a free literary reading series sponsored by the Friends of the Roslindale Library, usually on the third Thursday of the month, in October, December,January, March, and May. The events take place in the community room at Roslindale House at 7:00 PM (for map and directions, see below). The operating committee members are Steve Babcock, Dorothy Derifield, Holly Guran, Mary McCusker, and Vivienne Shalom.    

There are two readers, followed by an open mike. Free refreshments. Open to all. Please join us. For more information, contact

Biographies of Our Next Readers 

                     September 27, 2018,   Thursday, at 7:30 PM

   Preston Hood

 Preston H. Hood III is a former Navy SEAL and the author of two books of poetry: A Chill I Understand, 2006 (finalist in    the Maine Literary Awards), and The Hallelujah of Listening, 2011 (winner of the Maine Literary Award in Poetry). He teaches Therapeutic Creative Writing and Yoga Nidra Meditation, and has been a presenter at the Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences. Preston recently won the 27th Poet’s Seat contest.

  Elizabeth Quinlan

 Elizabeth Quinlan, author of Promise Supermarket (Ibbetson Street Press), is a poet, artist, graduate of the Boston  Museum of Fine Arts School, and member of the Joiner Institute Writer’s Workshop. She received an Honor in Creative Writing at UMass Boston, and has worked on poems based on the life of the African-American, Maud Cuney-Hare (1874-1936). Currently she is developing a series of persona poems based on refugees and migrants.


2018-2019 Season  

                         September 27, 2018 October 25, 2018
                          Preston Hood   Paula Bonnell
                          Elizabeth Quinlan   Charlot Lucien
                        November 29, 2018 January 24, 2019
                          Mary Buchinger   Roslindale Women Writers
                          Jean Dany   Phyllis Bluhm, Frances Donovan, Anastasia Vassos
                        February 28, 2019 March 28, 2019
                         Gloria Mindock   Dennis Daly
                         Dzvinia Orlowsky   Krysten Hill
                        April 25, 2019 May 23, 2019
                         Judy Katz-Levine   Wendy Drexler
                         Con Squires   Fred Marchant


Getting to Roslindale House, located at 120 Poplar Street

From Roslindale Square at the Library, go down Poplar Street. The entrance to Roslindale House is about 100 yards past the first corner (Florence Street) on the left. There is generally ample on-street parking on both Florence Street and Poplar street. Please do not park in the Roslindale House parking lot.