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, November, January, February, March, April, 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 May 19th event has been converted to Zoom. To participate, please contact Holly Guran at” .***

Biographies of Our Next Readers 

                   May 19, 2022  Thursday, at 6:45 PM

LR Berger – L.R.Berger’s collection of poems, The Unexpected Aviary, received the Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry. She’s received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the PEN New England Discovery Award, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, and as Visiting Artist at The American Academy in Rome.  Her
new collection, Indebted to Wind, was published by Deerbrook Editions in August 2021.

Danielle Legros Georges – Danielle Legros Georges works in the areas of contemporary U.S. poetry, Black and African-diasporic literature,
Caribbean/Latin American and Haitian studies, and literary
translation; with recent fellowships and grants from MASS MoCA, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Pen/HEIM Translation Fund. The former Poet Laureate of Boston, she is professor of creative writing at Lesley University; and creative editor of sx salon,a digital forum for Caribbean literature. Her most recent book is Island Heart, translations of poems of Ida Faubert.

       2021-2022 Season  

                         September 16, 2021 October 21, 2021
                          Susan Donnelly   Krysten Hill
                          James R. Whitley   Christine Tierney
                        November 18, 2021 January 20, 2022
                          Matthew Henry   Denise Bergman
                          Connie Norgren   Lloyd Schwartz
                        February 17, 2022 March 17, 2022
                         George Kalogeris   seven regular RR readers 
                         Anastasia Vassos   but no open mic
                        April 21, 2022 May 19, 2022
                         Jennifer Barber   LR Berger
                         Charles Coe   Danielle Legros Georges


        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.