True BR: The rising art of spoken word poetry (Video) _lowres

Leslie D. Rose performs at the Independence Park Theatre on Sept. 19. Video by Kevin McQuarn

Spoken word poetry has been a staple in the arts community in Baton Rouge for well over two decades. However, with a new crop of poets rising from local high schools and universities, this art form has seen new life. Leslie D. Rose, a spoken word poet and journalist, shares an insider’s perspective on the culture of spoken word poetry in Baton Rouge.

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