Leslie D. Rose

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

Industry savvy and community-minded media professional with over a decade of experience in print journalism, celebrity interviewing/reporting, arts-based/non-profit/higher education public relations, and marketing. Areas of expertise include writing, editing, photography, event documentation, pagination, project coordination, event planning, social media management, public speaking, youth development, community relations, course creation, instruction, performance poetry, and mentoring. 


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

17 years Print Journalism, 5 years Editorial
7 years Public Relations
6 years Marketing
15 years Performance Poetry
9 years Photography
9 years Teaching / Teaching Artist 


EDUCATION


XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA, New Orleans

Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communication, May 2005



COMMUNITY OUTREACH


FORWARD ARTS, INC., Baton Rouge, LA

Public Relations Assistant – December 2011 to December 2017

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


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.



PROJECTS


Louisiana Artists for Puerto Rico, January 2018 – Present

Chairperson/Programming and Social Media Manager for the grassroots organization to help restore the island of Puerto Rico through arts initiatives.


Black Out Loud Conference, LLC, August 2018

Create and shoot photo marketing materials; design and implement press campaigns; design web materials and write relevant web-content; create and promote programming for on-going mission of celebrating black visibility in select fields of work.


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

Wrote two poems for choreography and performed one poem in the three-night sold-out production based on Whitney Houston’s life and music.



ORGANIZATIONS


MEMBER, 100 BLACK WOMEN - METROPOLITAN BATON ROUGE CHAPTER 

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


MEMBER, NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS


GAMMA PHI DELTA SORORITY, INC.

Member – Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc.

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. 



AWARDS


* 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



SELECT PUBLICATIONS


ACADEMIC 

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 

ARTICLES

“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


POETRY

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