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 26, 2019,   Thursday, at 7:00 PM

Mignon Ariel King

Mignon Ariel King was born in Boston City Hospital, a third-generation New Englander. She writes narrative poetry, memoir, and short fiction; 4 books of her autobiographical pentalogy have been published, two by ALL CAPS PUBLISHING. King is also the publisher of Hidden Charm Press and Tell-Tale Chapbooks. A classically-trained scholar who holds a Master’s in English from Simmons U., Ms. King identifies as a womanist. Her third book of poetry Watermarks: poems found floating on a city river is forthcoming from Nixes Mate Books.

William Orem

William Orem’s first collection of stories, Zombi, You My Love, won the GLCA New Writers Award. His second collection, Across the River, won the Texas Review Novella Prize. His first novel, Killer of Crying Deer, won the Eric Hoffer Award, and has been optioned for film. His second novel, Miss Lucy, won the Gival Press Novel Award. His first collection of poems, Our Purpose in Speaking, won the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize for 2019, and his short plays have been performed around the country. Currently he is a Senior Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College. Details at


2019-2020 Season  

                         September 26, 2019 October 24, 2019
                          Mignon Ariel King   Nausheen Eusuf
                          William Orem   Michael Sherlock
                        November 21, 2019 December 12, 2019
                          Wendy Drexler   New Mission High School Students
                          Daniel Johnson   
                        January 23, 2020 February 27, 2020
                         TBA   TBA
                         TBA   TBA
                        March 26, 2020 April 23, 2020
                         TBA   TBA
                         TBA   TBA

                                May 28, 2020   




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.