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. This continues (hybrid), and happily this fall, Rozzie Reads Poetry will again be live 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 

  January 18,  Thursday, at 7:00 PM  – Zoom only!

Ewa Chrusciel is a poet, translator, and educator. She has four books of poems in English: Yours, Purple Gallinule (Omnidawn 2022), Of Annunciations (Omnidawn 2017), Contraband of Hoopoe (Omnidawn 2014), Strata (Emergency Press 2009, reprinted by Omnidawn, April 2018), as well as three books in Polish: Tobołek (2016) Sopiłki (2009), and Furkot (2003). Contraband of Hoopoe was translated into Italian by Anna Aresi and came out in Italy with Edizioni Ensemble in May 2019. In her work, Ewa explores themes such as eco-poetics, exile, and migration.

Miriam O’Neal lives in Plymouth, MA. She has a special care for Rozzie, because her mother grew up there. Her poems have appeared in North Dakota Quarterly, The Galway Review, and elsewhere. Three books of poems bear her name; We Start With What We’re Given (Kelsay Press 2018), The Body Dialogues (Lily Poetry Review Books 2020), and The Half-Said Things (Nixes Mate 2022). In her world, birds are real.

Upcoming Readings

February 15, 2024    –  Anastasia Vassol and Xiaoly Li  – Zoom only 
March 21, 2024     –     Maureen McElroy and Michael Todd Steffen
April 18, 2024    –      Holly Guran* and Jason Tandon
May 16, 2024         –     Kieran Collier and Vivienne Shalom
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.