Leslie D. Rose is a D.C. Metro based journalist, creative writer, communications strategist and photographerfrom southern New Jersey. She is the Founder and Chief Operating Officer of the independent consulting firm/creative activism organization, CreActiv, LLC, which houses The Picture of Health. She is also a founding member of the production team for Black Out Loud Conference, LLC. Leslie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communication with a minor in creative writing from Xavier University of Louisiana.
As a journalist, Leslie’s notable interviews include Chris Rock, The Rev. Jesse Jackson, Kweisi Mfume, LeAnn Rimes, Killer Mike, Chris Tucker, Will Ferrell, Charlie Murphy, Bootsy Collins, Todd Phillips, Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Roland Martin, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Cornell William Brooks, and April Ryan, among others.
As a creative writer, Leslie’s focus is primarily narrative poetry and creative non-fiction. She has been a member of two national poetry slam teams and represented Baton Rouge individually at the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam. Leslie's work has been published and featured on various outlets, including Passages Northand All Def Poetry. She is the author of the full-length journalism-inspired book of poetry, "The Newsroom." She also has four research papers published in The St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture, 1st Edition (2018, Gale/St. James Press).
Leslie is available for freelance or contract hire in journalism, public relations, content creation, photography, editorial consulting, performance poetry, and as a teaching artist in poetry, journalism, or basic photography. Leslie also sells fair use images from a personal stockpile or by special request.