Writer & Communications Strategist 

- Leslie D. Rose 

Leslie D. Rose is a Maryland-based journalist, creative writer, communications strategist, and photographer from southern New Jersey. She is the Founding Principal of the independent consulting firm/creative activism organization, CreActiv, LLC, which houses The Picture of Health. Leslie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communication with a minor in creative writing from Xavier University of Louisiana. 

Leslie works as a culture journalist who writes features and hosts on-air interviews focusing on social and criminal justice issues, music, celebrity, health and wellness, and spiritual practices. A few of her notable interviews include Mariah Carey, Chris Rock, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tarana Burke, Kweisi Mfume, LeAnn Rimes, Killer Mike, Chris Tucker, April Ryan, Will Ferrell, Charlie Murphy, Bootsy Collins, and Mickey Guyton, among others. 

Her work in communications has allowed her to craft and implement various strategies for the greater good of organizations in the arts, youth development, philanthropy sector, and higher education and government agencies. Through this work, Leslie strives to foster radically inclusive strategies that invest in meeting significantly higher standards of social impact communications and demonstrates a commitment to the organization’s mission, vision, goals, and community. 

As a creative writer, Leslie’s focus is narrative poetry and creative non-fiction. She has competed in team and individual poetry slams at the national level. Leslie's work has been published and featured on various outlets, including Passages NorthAll Def Poetry, and midnight & indigo. She is the author of the full-length journalism-inspired book of poetry, "The Newsroom," which examines the emotional battle journalists often have within themselves as storytellers and humans. Among other publications, she has four research papers 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, event/panel moderation, public relations and editorial consulting, photography, and as a teaching artist in poetry or journalism.