Leslie D. Rose

"I have given my whole life to words, chewed this dog hunger into a long meal." - Salvador Espriu

Leslie D. Rose is a journalist, creative writer, photographer, and public relations consultant from Baton Rouge, by way of southern New Jersey. She has 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, she now works in higher education public relations and as an independent consultant. She is a founding member of the production team for Black Out Loud Conference, LLC and the lead organizer and founder of Louisiana Artists for Puerto Rico. Leslie also heads the online support group, Through the Fog: Fibromyalgia and Chronic Illness Support Group for WOC, and is t
he founder and lead photographer of The Picture of Health, an invisible illness project set to launch in Baton Rouge in May 2019.  

As a journalist, Leslie’s notable interviews include Chris Rock, The Rev. Jesse Jackson, Kweisi Mfume, LeAnn Rimes, Run The Jewels, 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, where she ranked in the upper quadrant. 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 public relations, content creation, photography, performance poetry, and as a teaching artist in poetry, journalism, or basic photography.