Leslie D. Rose

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

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Industry savvy and community-minded media professional with more than a decade of experience in print journalism, celebrity interviewing, and arts-based/non-profit/higher education public relations and marketing. Areas of expertise are writing, editing, photography, pagination, social media management, public speaking, youth development, community relations, course creation, instruction, and mentoring.


18 years Print Journalism, 5 years Editorial
8 years Public Relations
7 years Marketing
15 years Performance Poetry
10 years Photography
9 years Teaching / Teaching Artist 


Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans

Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communication, May 2005


AROA (A Round of Applause), Baton Rouge, LA

Member, Board of Directors

A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that works with youth, ages 12-19, to create their own quarterly magazine.

Forward Arts, Inc., Baton Rouge, LA

Public Relations Consultant – December 2011 to December 2017

Assist Marketing Director with coordinating the communication efforts, including press releases and media outreach.


Plank Road Master Plan, East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority, February 2019 – Present

Public Relations Consultant: Facilitate all media relations needs, including weekly newsletter to stakeholders and community members, press releases, event documentation, and advising.

The Picture of Health, January 2019 – Present

Founder/Lead Photographer: Photography and exhibition project to highlight individuals living with invisible mental, physical, and chronic illnesses.

Louisiana Artists for Puerto Rico, January 2018 – Present

Founder/Lead Organizer: Grassroots organization to help restore the island of Puerto Rico through arts initiatives. Produced and hosted a #PoetsForPuertoRico event on Sept. 15, 2018 in partnership with the Baton Rouge Gallery. Featuring 26 performance and visual artists, the even raised $2000 on a $0 budget, to support benefit Americas for the Conservation and the Arts’ PR Resilience Fund to support El Departamento de la Comida’s mission to restore 200 farms on the island in 24 months.

Black Out Loud Conference, LLC, August 2018 – Present

Co-Founder/Public Relations Consultant: Design and implement photo marketing projects, press campaigns, and web materials; processes include advising, writing, and photography. Also create and promote programming for on-going mission of celebrating black visibility in select fields of work. Served as media liaison and marketing assistant for inaugural conference in August 2018 which yielded more than 200 attendees. Featured speaker on the ‘Artrepreneurship’ panel at the 2018 Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week.

“Love, Whitney,” New Venture Theatre, Nov. 2014

Artistic Staff: Wrote two poems for choreography and performed one poem. Performed three sold out shows to audiences of over 300 each night.


100 Black Women - Metropolitan Baton Rouge Chapter  

Member; Photography/Public Relations  

A diverse group of change agents advocating for black women and girls through community service and leadership. 

National Council for Marketing and Public Relations


Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc.

Member; Vice-President, Eta Chapter, New Orleans – 2004-2005

An invitation-only undergraduate and professional level sorority for women in all professions with volunteer services as an integral part of membership responsibility. 


2016 Best Feature Story, 2nd Place, Division 6, Louisiana Press Association Better Newspaper Awards, June 2017 (writer)

2015 Best Overall Sports section, Division 4 – Weekly Citizen, Louisiana Press Association Awards, June 2016 (editor)

2015 Best Publication, Advertising, Division 4 - Paint it All Pink, Louisiana Press Association Awards, June 2016 (editor)

Xavier University 40 Under 40 Young Alumni Award Class, November 2015

Sue Weinstein Excellence in Volunteerism, May 2015



Rose, Leslie D. "Criminal Minded." St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture, edited by Thomas Riggs, St. James Press, 2018, pp. 99-101.


Rose, Leslie D. "Native Tongues." St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture, edited by Thomas Riggs, St. James Press, 2018, pp. 311-314. 

Rose, Leslie D. "The Northeast." St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture, edited by Thomas Riggs, St. James Press, 2018, pp. 329-333. 


Rose, Leslie D. "Rap as Marketing, Advertising, and Branding." St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture, edited by Thomas Riggs, St. James Press, 2018, pp. 383-387


“Abdullah Muflahi reflects on the loss of his friend and how his convenience store became a local protest landmark,” [225], May 27, 2017

“Heroin hits home: An Ascension Parish mother hopes to use son’s death to save others,” Weekly Citizen, March 20, 2016

“Alvin Temple offers program centered on clean eating, exercise,” The Advocate, Aug. 17, 2014

“Funky Fashion Advice: Q & A with funk legend, Bootsy Collins,” DIG Magazine, Oct. 23, 2013


The Newsroom, Next Left Press, Nov. 2015

“Needles,” co-written by William Brian Sain, All Def Digital, Dec. 17, 2014

Various, Indiefeed: Performance Poetry, Episodes 1189, 1272, 1332, 1403, 1492, 1539, and 1594, June 2013 – Jan. 2016

“Conversations with my drunken brother,” Passages North, April 12, 2012

“Live, Laugh, Love,” Borderline Online Poetry Journal, Vol. 2 – Issue 4, 2011