News From Rozzie Reads Poetry

May 10, 2015

News From Rozzie Reads Poetry

May 5 Rozzie Reads discussion group had a lively conversation about Bruce Weigl’s book of poetry, An Abundance of Nothing, which was a 2014 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A veteran of the Vietnam War and author of thirteen books of poetry, Weigl has also translated poetry collections from Vietnamese into English. His poems, which examine the struggles and mercies of surviving war and returning to a civilian life guided by Buddhist principles, do not lose sight of the violence he has witnessed. This violence is tempered by compassion.

May 21 Rozzie Reads holds its final poetry reading (with open mike) at 7:00 pm at Roslindale House. All are welcome. Readers are Soul Brown and Marlene Znoy. Don’t miss this exciting evening! Soul Brown is Director of Grants Development for MassBay Community College. She previously directed Books of Hope,which trained at-risk youth in writing and publishing. She served as a panelist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a two term member of the Boston Cultural Council, and a co-Founder of a Media Justice Giving Circle for Haymarket People’s Fund. Marlene Znoy manages the desktop technology for the Smith College Libraries. She has exhibited her photographs in a number of group shows and views poetry as a lot like photography. Her work reflects her love of family, nature, place, and often uses a social justice lens.

July 7 Rozzie Reads discussion group at Roslindale House 7:00 pm. The topic: the Common Threads poems. We encourage you to participate; if interested, please contact You may download the poems here.

– Holly Guran, Rozzie Reads Poet

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