Activist, poet Donney Rose to hold Oct. 3 breakfast workshop as part of MMU’s Beyond the Margins series

Donney Rose

Activist and poet Donney Rose will host a creative breakfast workshop on Oct. 3, 9:30–11 a.m., in MMU’s Betty Cherry Heritage Hall.

Rose is a poet, teaching artist, creative consultant, and community activist from Baton Rouge, Louisana. He is also the founder and chief operating officer of Black Out Loud Conference,LLC. Rose’s published works include The Crying Buck, an acclaimed chapbook of poetry that delves into Black masculinity and vulnerability through a critical lens, and Black Out Loud, a collection of prose-style poetic interpretations of Black History Month 2017. His work as a performance poet/writer has been featured in a variety of publications, including Atlanta Black Star, Blavity, Button Poetry, All Def Digital, Slam Find, [225], Drunk In A Midnight Choir, and Nicholls State University's Gris-Gris literary journal.

“His ability to question and confront issues aligned with the Sisters of Mercy five Critical Concerns of racism, women, environment, immigration and nonviolence by means of poetry is exceptional,” said Keesh Burke-Henderson, director of diversity and international student success at Mount Mercy. “This is an opportunity for our community to learn a new skill, share space, exchange stories and increase our cultural knowledge.”

Rose’s visit is part of the Beyond the Margins workshop series, which explores social justice and activism through art, performances, research and technology. The series opened with Sharon Lee De La Cruz on Sept. 12 and will close with Ndirangu Wachanga, PhD on Nov. 14.

This event is open to the public and sponsored through the MMU Cultural Affairs Committee and Office of Diversity & International Student Success. Learn more about Rose at

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