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 

                   October 25, 2018,   Thursday, at 7:30 PM

 Paula Bonnell

Paula Bonnell’s poems have appeared in APR, Rattle, Spillway, and The Women’s Review of Books, among others. Her new chapbook, Tales Retold follows three collections: Airs & Voices, selected by Mark Jarman as a Ciardi Prize winner; Before the Alphabet, a free-verse story of a child’s kindergarten year; and Message, a hard-cover debut collection. Her fiction has received a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project award and been published in The Kansas City Star Sunday Magazine and the Chapel Hill Village Advocate. She is a PEN New England Discovery writer.

 Charlot Lucian

Charlot Lucien is a Haitian poet, storyteller, and visual artist, author of 5 storytelling CDs in Haitian Creole and French and a poetry collection: «La tentation de l’autre rive» (The Temptation of the Other Side, Trilingual Press). His work has appeared in various publications including Compost Magazine, Haiti 1804, Tanbou Magazine and “Mur de la poésie” and “Poètes à la une” in France. He offers readings, storytelling sessions and conferences on Haitian culture internationally, and is the co-founder and director of the Haitian Artists Assembly of Massachusetts (HAAM). http://charlotlucien.wixsite.


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.