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, 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 

                   February 27, 2020,   Thursday, at 7:00 PM

Henrietta “Queen” Hodge

Henrietta “Queen“ Hodge is a graduate of Northeastern University with a BS in bio technology, and resides in Jamaica Plain. Inspired as a youth after reading the poetry of Emily Dickinson, Queen, a native Bostonian, “got the bug” which ultimately began her own writing journey. Queen has authored several award-winning poems such as “Rocksberry” and “Blackness.” Several of her poems have been published in National Library of Poetry anthologies. She continues to write and read her poetry in and around the greater Boston area.

Maureen McElroy

Maureen McElroy, born and raised in Boston, has an MFA from Emerson College. Her chapbook Car Poems is due out in March of 2020 (Finishing Line Press.) Her work has appeared in Seventeen Magazine, Mothers Always Write, Literary Hatchet, Io Literary Journal, Trampset and Bohemian Pupil Press. She taught English and Latin at Boston Latin Academy before entering a career in real estate. She owns Jamaica Hill Realty in Jamaica Plain.

Vivienne Shalom

Vivienne Shalom, a member of Rozzie Reads Poetry Committee, has written poetry at various points in her life, and has recently been inspired to read her poems at the Rozzie Reads open mic. Vivienne is a mosaic artist and author of the children’s picture book, The Color of Things. As a former ESL teacher and graphic designer, she is very excited to be semi-retired and pursuing new adventures.


2019-2020 Season  

                         September 26, 2019 October 24, 2019
                          Mignon Ariel King   Nausheen Eusuf
                          William Orem   Michael Sherlock
                        November 21, 2019 December 12, 2019
                          Daniel Johnson   Wendy Drexler; Usman Hameedi
                          Linda Flaherty Haltmaier   New Mission High School Students
                        January 23, 2020 February 27, 2020
                         Timothy Gager   Henrietta “Queen” Hodge, 
                         Pui Ying Wong   Maureen McElroy, and Vivienne Shalom
                        March 26, 2020 April 23, 2020
                         David Miller   Martha Collins
                         Kate McCann   Nancy Naomi Carlson

                                May 28, 2020   

                                  Dorian Kotsiopolous

                                  Scott Withiam             


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.