Leslie D. Rose is a Baton Rouge based journalist, creative writer, photographer, and public relations consultant from southern New Jersey. She is the Founder and Chief Operating Officer of the creative activism organization, CreActiv, LLC, which houses two programs - Louisiana Artists for Puerto Rico and The Picture of Health. Sheholds a B.A. in mass communication from Xavier University of Louisiana.
After years of writing for various area publications and a year and a half stint as the Editor-In-Chief of two sister newspapers, Leslie now balances a number of projects and roles in her industry, including a full-time career in higher education public relations and moonlighting as an arts and entertainment journalist. She is also a founding member of the production team for Black Out Loud Conference, LLC.
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, and Cornell William Brooks, among others. As a creative writer, Leslie’s focus is primarily narrative poetry. 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 North. 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.