Jamaica Pond Poets
Metaphorically speaking....since 1995
Readings at Rozzie Reads with directions

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 dorothy.derifield@gmail.com

Biographies of Our Next Readers

March 23, 2017, Thursday,  at 7:00 PM

Carolyn Gregory

Carolyn Gregory’s poems have been published in American Poetry Review, Main Street Rag, Off the Coast, Cape Cod Review, Cutthroat, New Verse News, Borderlines: Texas  and the Seattle Review. She was nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize and previously won a Massachusetts Cultural Council Award. Her first book, Open Letters, was published in 2009 and a second, Facing the Music, was published in 2015. She is currently assembling a third book of poetry. Additionally, she has reviewed classical music and theatre over the past twenty years. She is engaged with grassroots organizing to strengthen the progressive movement. 

David Surette

David R. Surette’s new book of poetry is Stable which earned an Honors Award at this year’s Massachusetts Book Awards. He is the author of four other collections:  Wicked Hard, The Immaculate Conception Mothers‘ ClubYoung Gentlemen’s School and Easy to Keep, Hard to Keep Inwhich earned  Highly Recommended  status at the 8th Annual Massachusetts Book Awards.  He teaches English and coaches varsity hockey at East Bridgewater High School. He lives on Cape Cod.

Schedule for the 2016-2017 season

October 20, 2016 December 1, 2016
  Denise Bergman
  Jenny Barber
  Adam Sheffler   Susan Eisenberg

  Emcee: Vivienne Shalom 

  Emcee: Holly Guran 


February 16, 2017


March 23, 2017 

  Kevin Bowen

  Carolyn Gregory

  Martha Collins

  David Surette

  Emcee: Mary McCusker

  Emcee: Dorothy Derifield


May 18, 2017  



  Gloria Mindock


  Dzvinia Orlowsky


  Emcee: Steve Babcock



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.



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