Leslie D. Rose is a journalist and photographer from Baton Rouge, by way of southern New Jersey. She has a B.A. in mass communication with a minor in creative writing from Xavier University of Louisiana.
Throughout her career, she has interviewed 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, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and many others.
She is the editor of the Weekly Citizen and The Donaldsonville Chief, and the volunteer director of external communications for the Baton Rouge-based, multi-generational arts organization - Forward Arts, Inc.
She has been honored by the communities she serves, and is the recipient of the 2015 Sue Weinstein Excellence in Volunteerism Award (Forward Arts, Inc.) and is a member of Xavier University's 2015 40 under 40 young alumni class.
As a poet, Leslie promotes a brand of journalism-inspired poetry and has even created a workshop and performance program titled "Ripped from the Headlines", which debuted at Baton Rouge Community College's 7th Annual ArtsFest.
Leslie has been on two national poetry slam teams, represented Baton Rouge individually, published and featured on various outlets and has toured select cities.