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Nikola Lero's Inspiring Journey from Refugee to Poet-Researcher



A St. Louis magazine titled VoyageSTL recently mapped the story of Landecker Fellow Nikola Lero as one of the “most inspiring ones” in the local community.

In the interview Nikola did with the magazine, he shared about his life path: “a life path that is a tale of resilience woven from the fragments of my identity as a Sarajevo-born poet, researcher, and activist,” Nikola commented on the article in this LinkedIn post. ”

In this deeply personal interview, Nikola reveals the roads he has traveled and the passions that fuel his endeavors. “Together, we celebrate the multitude of connections that bind us all, recognizing the shared humanity in each of our stories,” he says.

In the St. Louis area, Nikola is organizing creative writing workshops for migrant-background communities on the topics of Identity, Culture, and Home as a part of his Landecker Democracy Fellowship. “That is my current focus,” he adds.

Nikola is one of thirty 2022-2023 Landecker Democracy Fellows. This fellowship, a collaboration between the Alfred Landecker Foundation and Humanity in Action, was created to strengthen a new generation of leaders whose approaches to political and social challenges can become catalysts for democratic placemaking and community building. Read more about the fellowship here.