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 

                   May 23, 2019,   Thursday, at 7:00 PM

Fred Marchant

Fred Marchant is the author of five books of poetry, the most recent of which is Said Not Said (Graywolf Press, 2017). Earlier books include The Looking House, Full Moon Boat, House on Water, House in Air, and Tipping Point (in its second edition). Marchant is also the editor of Another World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford, and founding director of the Suffolk University Poetry Center in Boston.

Porsha Olayiwola

Porsha Olayiwola became Poet Laureate of Boston in January 2019. Currently the Artistic Director of MassLEAP, a literary organization serving youth artists, Porsha is also an MFA candidate at Emerson College and a Luminary Fellow at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Her poetry collection is forthcoming from Button Poetry in November 2019. Her credits include the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam Championship and the 2015 National Poetry Slam championship.


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, Mary Lou Maloney
                        February 28, 2019 March 28, 2019
                         Gloria Mindock   Dennis Daly
                         Dzvinia Orlowsky   Krysten Hill
                        April 25, 2019 May 23, 2019
                         Judy Katz-Levine   Fred Marchant
                         Conrad Squires   Porsha Olayiwola


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.