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. 

As a journalist, Leslie’s 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. 

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 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).

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.