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, November, January, February, March, April, May, and June. 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

*** Due to Covid-19 concerns, the January 20th event has been converted to Zoom. To participate, please contact ***

Biographies of Our Next Readers 

                   January 20, 2022  Thursday, at 7:00 PM

Denise Bergman is the author of five poetry books.
Published in 2021, The Shape of the Keyhole is about a
woman falsely accused and hanged for murder. Three
Hands None unravels assault and its aftermath. A Woman in
Pieces Crossed a Sea dismantles the symbolism of the
Statue of Liberty. The Telling explores a child refugee’s
lifelong secret. And Seeing Annie Sullivan explores the
early life of Helen Keller’s teacher.

Lloyd Schwartz is Poet Laureate of Somerville, Frederick
S. Troy Professor of English Emeritus at UMass Boston,
an editor of Elizabeth Bishop, and an arts critic for NPR’s
Fresh Air and WBUR. He’s been awarded NEA,
Guggenheim, and Academy of American Poets
fellowships in poetry and a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.
His latest book is Who’s on First?—New and Selected

       2021-2022 Season  

                         September 16, 2021 October 21, 2021
                          Susan Donnelly   Krysten Hill
                          James R. Whitley   Christine Tierney
                        November 18, 2021 January 20, 2022
                          Matthew Henry   Denise Bergman
                          Connie Norgren   Lloyd Schwartz
                        February 17, 2022 March 17, 2022
                         George Kalogeris   TBA 
                         Anastasia Vassos   TBA
                        April 21, 2022 May 19, 2022
                         TBA   TBA
                         TBA   TBA

                                June 16, 2022                                                                    




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.