About the artists:
Donney Rose, a Baton Rouge native and active member of the city’s poetry scene, has been performing spoken word and facilitating spoken word events for over a decade. He works as a teaching artist and marketing director for an arts-based non-profit, Forward Arts, Inc. His work has been featured on, Atlanta Black Star.com , Blavity.com Button Poetry, All Def Digital and in online journals Drunk In A Midnight Choir Nicholls State's Gris Gris literary journal
Donney Rose will be reading from his book, The Crying Buck.
"There are times that certain books or poems are “just right for the time.” This book is very vital right now. For our country, for our selves, for our communities, and for the future. For all of us. A book full of southern charm and take-no-s***reality, this is a collection worthy of Donney Rose..."- Wil Gibson, ThePoetryQuestion.com
Leslie D. Rose is a journalist and photographer from Baton Rouge, by way of southern New Jersey. She is the editor of the Weekly Citizen and The Donaldsonville Chief.
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.
Leslie has been on two national poetry slam teams, represented Baton Rouge individually, published and featured on Indiefeed Performance Poetry Channel, All Def Digital, The Advocate, Borderline Online Poetry Journal and Passages North.
Her book, The Newsroom serves as part memoir and explores the re-humanization of the journalist through a variety of narratives as told by the persona of news stories and career trials and tribulations working as a black Latina in south Louisiana.
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