Donney Rose is a poet, teaching artist and community activist from Baton Rouge. He works as a teaching artist and marketing director for an arts-based non-profit, Forward Arts Inc. Donney is the author of The Crying Buck, an acclaimed chapbook of poetry that delves into Black masculinity and vulnerability through a critical lens. His work as a performance poet/writer has been featured on, Atlanta Black Star.com, Blavity.com, Button Poetry, All Def Digital, Slam Find, 225 Magazine and in online journals, Drunk In A Midnight Choir, Nicholls State's Gris Gris literary journal. His work as a community activist has been highlighted on BBC, Huffington Post, New York Times, Democracy Now and The Advocate. He received the Humanitarian of the Year award at 2016 New V Awards for promoting activism through his art.