Rozzie Reads Poetry

Rozzie Reads Poetry is a long-running monthly poetry series sponsored by the Friends of the Roslindale Library. The series is organized by a committee which includes Steve Babcock, Dorothy Derifield, Holly Guran (coordinator), Mary McCusker, and Vivienne Shalom. The readings take place on Thursdays at 7:00 pm and are free. Refreshments are provided and voluntary donations are welcome.  

For the past two and a half years, the readings have been held on Zoom. This continues (hybrid), and happily this fall, Rozzie Reads Poetry returns live to the community room at Roslindale House (for map and directions, see below). At each reading there are two featured poets, followed by a lively open mic. Many find this a comfortable place to try out their recent work. For more information and for the Zoom link,  contact  Holly Guran

Biographies of Our Next Readers 

                   November 17, 2022  Thursday, at 7:00 PM

Martha Collins‘s eleventh book of poems, Casualty Reports, was published in October by Pittsburgh; her tenth, Because What Else Could I Do (Pittsburgh, 2019), won the William Carlos Williams Award.  Dreaming the Mountain: Poems by Tue Sy, her fifth volume of co-translations from the Vietnamese, appears from Milkweed this spring.  Collins founded the creative writing program at U.Mass.-Boston and taught at Oberlin for ten years. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Enzo Silon Surin is an award-winning Haitian-born poet, educator, publisher, and social advocate. He is the author of three previous collections of poetry, including When My Body Was A Clinched Fist (Black Lawrence Press, 2020), winner of the 21st Annual Massachusetts Book Award for Poetry. Their fourth collection of poems, American Scapegoat, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in May 2023. Surin teaches creative writing and literature at Bunker Hill Community College and is also Founding Editor and Publisher at Central Square Press. He lives in Swampscott, MA.


Upcoming Readings

January 19, 2023 – Harris Gardner and Carla Schwartz

February 16, 2023 – Tom Daley and Susanna Kittredge*

March 16, 2023

April 20, 2023

May 18, 2023

*member of the Jamaica Pond Poets


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.