Rozzie Reads

Rozzie Reads 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 

                     March 22, 2018,   Friday, at 7:30 PM

                          Paula Bonnell

Paula Bonnell’s poems have appeared in APR, Rattle, _pillway, and The Women’s Review of Books, among others.  Her new chapbook tales retold follows three collections: Airs & Voices, selected by Mark Jarman as a Ciardi Prize winner; Before the Alphabet, a free- verse story of a child’s kindergarten year; and Message, a hard-cover debut collection.  Her fiction has received a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project award and been published in The Kansas City Star Sunday Magazine and the Chapel Hill Village Advocate.  She is a PEN New England Discovery writer.

                          Nausheen Eusuf

Nausheen Eusuf is a PhD candidate in English at Boston University and a graduate of the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins. Her poetry has appeared in The American Scholar, Poetry Daily, Southwest Review, Salmagundi, PN Review, Literary Imagination, and World Literature Today, and has been selected for inclusion in Best American Poetry 2018. Her first full-length collection Not Elegy, But Eros was recently published by NYQ Books (US) and Bengal Lights Books (Bangladesh).                    

2017-2018 Season  

                         September 28, 2017 November 2, 2017
                          Special Tribute to Marc Widershien   Simone John
                          D’Anna Fortunato and Gregory Hall   Ruby Poltrak
                        November 30, 2017 January 25, 2018
                          Julie McVay   Molly Bennett
                         Michael Todd Steffen   Paul Hostovsky
                        February 22, 2018 March 22, 2018
                         Robert Carr   Paula Bonnell
                         Mary McCusker   Nausheen Eusuf
                        April 26, 2018 May 24, 2018
                          collaboration with Friends   TBA
                          of the Library    TBA


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.