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 

                     January 25, 2018,   Friday, at 7:30 PM

                          Molly Bennett

Molly Mattfield Bennett, author of Name the Glory (2010) and Point-No-Point (2016), has published in the journals Knock, Constellations, Ibbetson Street, Off the Coast, Wilderness House Review and Bagels With the Bards. She teaches young children and their teachers, has raised daughters, is a Unitarian minister’s wife and leads a writing group. An active participant in the Boston poetry community, she read at BPL during the Boston National Poetry Month Festival and at the Jeff Male Memorial Reading at the William Joiner Institute.

                          Paul Hostovsky

Paul Hostovsky is the author of nine books of poetry, most recently, Is That What That Is (FutureCycle Press, 2017). His work has appeared in Poetry, Passages North, Carolina Quarterly, Shenandoah, Bellevue Literary Review, Poetry East, The Sun, and many other magazines and anthologies. He has won a Pushcart Prize, two Best of the Net awards, and has been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and the Writer’s Almanac. He makes his living in Boston as a sign language interpreter at the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.                          

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
                         Mary McCusker   Nausheen Eusuf
                         James Whitley   Paula Bonnell
                        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.