The Book Cellar
We are very excited to host Leslé Honoré in conversation with Regine Rousseau!
Event is free, but pre-registration is required. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Leslé Honoré RSVP" to reserve your spot. Event access info will be e-mailed to you the day of the event.
About Leslé Honoré: Leslé Honoré, a Chicago-based Black and Mexican poet, author, TEDx speaker, activist, and mother of 3, has become known for her uncanny ability to write powerful poetic responses to social justice issues and major society events and cultural moments being channeled through the media.
Though, Leslé Honoré has been working on her craft for the past 20 years in the wings of Chicago's illustrious poetry scene, social media has become her most welcoming stage.
Leslé has written many other evocative viral poems about Serena Williams, Doria Ragland (the mother of Duchess Meghan Markle), and Vice President Kamala Harris and moments that unfolded in the country that left many of us speechless and emotional -- good and bad. That is her gift -- putting words most people can't find in the moment to the mixed-up feelings that we all have at the moment. She stewards traditional spoken word techniques from the Black Arts Movement and continues the legacy of female poets including local Chicago poets Gwendolyn Brooks, Margaret Danner, Sonia Sanchez and (her favorite poet) Lucille Clifton who penned verses well into their elder years.
Her first book of poems, Fist & Fire, was self-published in 2017. Her second book, Brown Girl, Brown Girl - her first illustrated children's poem book will be available in 2022.
Her local and national press coverage has included Blavity, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, WTTW's Chicago Tonight, ABC & NBC Chicago, WGN Chicago, Chicago Reader, WBEZ, Now News and the Good Morning America digital platform.
About Fist & Fire: Leslé Honoré, Chicago-based poet, has released her first collection of poems and essays. Her work has been widely shared by thousands of followers on social media. The collection is written in two major parts: Fist- poignant pieces written in real-time, responding to issues of social injustice, police brutality, and the realities of poverty vs. privilege; and Fire- a love story: the sparks, the flames and the embers that linger when the love is gone.
About Regine Rousseau: Regine fell in love with wine during a college study abroad trip to Besançon, France. Bitten by the wine bug early on, she began her career in the beverage industry as a salesperson for a wine distributor. While in this role, Rousseau noticed how the barrier of “wine speak” formed a disconnect between wine professionals and consumers. Inspired to bridge the gap, Shall We Wine was born. Wine grew from a hobby to a job to a passion, so when she was laid off in 2013, she saw a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to center her focus on Shall We Wine.
This love for wine morphed into a love and appreciation for other beverages across the alcohol vertical. Regine has received her Level II certification from the International Sommelier Guild and an Executive Bourbon Steward from Stave and Thief Society. She believes in the wine & spirits experience like an artform. An immersive practice — which translates into the world of art, music and poetry.
As a wine & spirits educator, Regine uses her platform and unique experience to bring honest and engaging narratives to the spirit of the food and beverage community. Inspired by breaking down the boundaries between the beverage professional and the consumer, she takes easily perplexing subjects and presents them in a lively, enjoyable light.
A Haitian-American, Regine is passionate and a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in all facets of the wine & spirits industry. She uses her influence to empower others to reach their potential, from brands to fellow entrepreneurs. It’s without question she was honored as a “Diversity in Wine 2019 Wine Influencer” and one of “40 African-American Tastemakers.”
Her involvement reaches far and wide. She was named a Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic semi-finalist in 2011, contributed to the session “Haitian Literature Being Written in the 21st Century – Both Within Haiti and its Global Diaspora” at the AWP Conference in 2012 and served as emcee for the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Wine and Dine event in 2018. She began contributing a wine column for the Chicago Defender in 2013. She was also a featured panelist at the Association of Writers & Writing Program conference in 2012, the Inaugural Blacks in Wine Symposium in 2017, the Women’s Breakfast Business Panel presented by the City of Chicago and the SoloCEO Summit in 2019. Additionally, Rousseau has been featured in The New Yorker, Vine Pair, Black Enterprise and Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Cuisine Noir and has made television appearances on Sister Circe Live, WGN Chicago, Great Day Washington, Let’s Talk Live and Windy City Live.