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

*** Due to Covid-19 concerns, the June 25 event has been converted to Zoom. To participate, please contact ***

Biographies of Our Next Readers 

                   June 25, 2020,   Thursday, at 7:00 PM

Paul Hostovsky

Paul Hostovsky is the author of ten books of poetry, most recently, Late
for the Gratitude Meeting. His work has appeared in Poetry, Passages
North, Carolina Quarterly, Shenandoah, Bellevue Literary Review, Poetry
East, The Sun, and many other magazines and anthologies. He has won a
Pushcart Prize, two Best of the Net awards, and has been featured on
Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and the Writer’s Almanac. He makes his living
in Boston as a sign language interpreter at the Massachusetts Commission
for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Click here to order Late for the Gratitude

Kate McCann

Kathleen McCann lives in Weymouth, Massachusetts, by the sea. She has
two chapbooks: The Small Hours, and The Sea’s Rosary in print and two
full-length collections: A Roof Gone To Sky, and Barn Sour. New poems are
forthcoming in Poetry Ireland and New American Writing. One of her
poems, Lone Egret, was selected by Ted Kooser for his syndicated
newspaper column: American Life in Poetry.


2019-2020 Season  

                         September 26, 2019 October 24, 2019
                          Mignon Ariel King   Nausheen Eusuf
                          William Orem   Michael Sherlock
                        November 21, 2019 December 12, 2019
                          Daniel Johnson   Wendy Drexler; Usman Hameedi
                          Linda Flaherty Haltmaier   New Mission High School Students
                        January 23, 2020 February 27, 2020
                         Timothy Gager   Henrietta “Queen” Hodge, 
                         Pui Ying Wong   Maureen McElroy, and Vivienne Shalom
                        March 26, 2020 April 23, 2020
                         Kate McCann   Martha Collins
                         David Miller   Nancy Naomi Carlson

                                May 28, 2020                                     June 25, 2020

                                  Dorian Kotsiopolous                       Paul Hostovsky                                                  

                                  David P. Miller                                   Kate McCann


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.