Rozzie Bound is committed to supporting local authors in our community. We have created a Local Authors we Love bookshelf on our Bookshop site featuring books by local authors and illustrators. Through our Roslindale Book Ambassador program, now a joint effort with Friends of the Roslindale Branch Library, we invite local authors, illustrators, and thought leaders to help us celebrate books.

We will also use this page to highlight works by local authors and author events!

Neema Avashia

Neema Avashia was born and raised in southern West Virginia, the child of Indian immigrants who moved to Appalachia for work in the chemical industry. She has lived in Jamaica Plain for the last 19 years, and has worked as a teacher in the Boston Public Schools for just as long. Her essays have appeared in publications such as Catapult, The Bitter Southerner, Lithub and can also be found at She is a frequent contributor to WBUR’s Cognoscenti. Her first book, Another Appalachia: Coming Up Queer and Indian in a Mountain Place, will be published by WVU Press in March of 2022, and is now available for pre-order from Rozzie Bound.

Ladette Randolph

Ladette Randolph is the author of four books: two novels: Haven’s Wake and A Sandhills Ballad, and a short story collection, This is Not the Tropics, and a memoir. She has a new novel, Private Way, due out in March 2022. In addition, she is the editor of three anthologies: A Different Plain, The Big Empty, and Omnibus I: Ploughshares Solos. She is editor-in-chief of the journal Ploughshares and on the faculty at Emerson College. A long-time Nebraskan, Ladette spent her childhood in the same part of west-central Nebraska where her family lived for five generations. She now lives in Boston with her husband, Noel Eicher.

Michael Sherlock

If you have ever been to Solera to pick up a nice bottle of Bordeaux, you have surely met the inimitable local poet and raconteur Michael Sherlock. Michael has just published his latest book of poems, An Appointment with Sanity, a backward glance at memories from his childhood outside Galway, Ireland as well as the keen observations of a sagacious wit.

Christine Tierney

Christine Tierney’s debut collection of poetry, chicken+lowercase=fleur was recently published by Lily Poetry Review Books. Her poems and flash fiction have appeared in Fourteen Hills, Poet Lore, The Yalobusha Review, The Tusculum Review, Monkey Bicycle, Permafrost, Sugar House Review, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from The University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Writing Program, and a BA in film from Emerson College. She is a funk and disco lover, a photoartist and a wannabe comedian.

Learn more about Christine at You can find chicken+lowercase+fleur on our Local Authors shelf.

J. M. Taylor

J. M. Taylor has published more than two dozen short stories, appearing in such mags as ThuglitCrime FactoryCrime SyndicateTough Crime, and Wildside Black Cat. He has a story forthcoming in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. His first novel, Night of the Furies, was published by New Pulp Press, and Genretarium has just released his second, Dark Heat. Both of them are set in or near Boston, and are retellings of ancient Greek myths. He lives in Jamaica Plain with his wife and son, and when he’s not writing or reading, he teaches under an assumed name.