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, Maureen McElroy, 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 several years, the readings had been held on Zoom.  Happily this fall, Rozzie Reads Poetry will again be live only (no Zoom) in the community room at Roslindale House (for map and directions, see below) with the exception of the January and February readings which will be Zoom ONLY. 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 Vivienne Shalom– no later than 6:30 PM on the day of the reading.

Biographies of Our Next Readers 

  June 20,  Thursday, at 7:00 PM 

Daniel Brock Johnson is the author of Shadow Act: An Elegy for Journalist James Foley, published by McSweeney’s and longlisted for the Massachusetts Book Award. Previously, Johnson published How to Catch a Falling Knife with Alice James Books. In 2019, the City of Boston commissioned Johnson to draft lines of poetry for the twin memorials commemorating the Boston Marathon bombings. Currently, he serves as the executive director of Mass Poetry. Learn more at

Gloria Mindock is editor of Červená Barva Press, author of six poetry collections, three chapbooks and two book translations into Romanian and Serbian. Her poems have been published and translated into eleven languages. Gloria’s recent book, Grief Touched the Sky at Night, won a total of eleven awards. She is widely published in the US and abroad and was the Poet Laureate in Somerville, MA in 2017 & 2018.

Upcoming Reading

June 20, 2024        –     Daniel Johnson and Gloria Mindock 

*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.