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 

                      September 21, 2023  Thursday, at 7:00 PM   

David R. Surette’s new book of poetry is Tonic. He is the author of six other collections including Stable and Easy to Keep, Hard to Keep In, both honored by the Massachusetts Book Awards. His poems have recently featured in the anthology From the Farther Shore: Discovering Cape Cod and the Islands Through Poetry. He lives on Cape Cod.

Lynne Viti, Poet Laureate of Westwood, Massachusetts, is author of The Walk to Cefalù (Cornerstone Press), Dancing at Lake Montebello (Apprentice House), The Glamorganshire Bible and Baltimore Girls (both Finishing Line). Lynne coordinates a poets-in-the schools program in Westwood and leads a biweekly poetry workshop at the Westwood Public Library.  A faculty emerita in the Writing Program at Wellesley College, she blogs at .

Upcoming Readings

October 19, 2023     –   Peter Crowley and Frances Donovan
November 16, 2023  – Adam Scheffler and Amanda Shea
January 18, 2024     –   Barbara Carlson and Ewa Chrusciel  – Zoom only
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.