Nikola is a Sarajevo-born poet, activist, and researcher from Bosnia. He graduated with a joint Master’s degree in migration studies and intercultural relations in Germany, Norway, and Slovenia as an EU scholar. Nikola won the Erasmus+ Young Journalist Award in 2017 and was nominated Best Blogger for promoting responsible use of social media in 2018.
His motto, “by engraving letters, I search for the truth,” made Nikola a writer with a broad community of followers on Facebook and Instagram. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Nikola co-founded the “Blank Pages,” an online, cosmopolitan art collective promoting the creative expression of migrant communities across borders.
In 2022, he published his first book, “47 Poems about Love, Pain, and Bosnia,” in collaboration with the independent, youth, queer, transnational literary collective from former Yugoslavia named ‘Književna Zadruga’.
Currently, Nikola serves as UNESCO Youth Champion for Peace in a global UN initiative, “Social Media 4 Peace,” which aims to strengthen the resilience of societies to potentially harmful content spread online. At the moment, Nikola is a visiting researcher at St. Louis University studying second-generation Bosnian Americans.
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Places that Whisper
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Updated November 2022
More from Nikola Lero
In-Between Worlds Digital Poetry Book
As his Action Project, Landecker Democracy Fellow Nikola is creating "In-Between Worlds," a project focusing on young first and second generation immigrants in the US and their cultural production in online spaces. Its main output is a digital audio-visual TikTok/Spotify Poetry Book.
Bosnian Senior Fellow Nikola Lero's Workshop: Facing the Self, Facing the Other – History and Power of Poetry
Bosnian Senior Fellow Nikola Lero facilitated a Poetry Workshop: Facing the Self, Facing the Other – History and Power of Poetry at the 10th International Humanity in Action Conference Untold Stories | Forgotten Places of Memory.
HIA BiH Reading Party: Summer Fellowship 2020 fellows selection
Senior Fellow Nikola Lero dobitnik Erasmus Mundus stipendije
Senior Fellow Nikola Lero na stažiranju u Evropskom parlamentu u Briselu
Meet the 2019 Humanity in Action Pat-Cox Fellows
Humanity in Action would like to introduce you to the 2019 Humanity in Action Pat-Cox Fellows.
Stories that move you
Fellows share blog promoting the peace-building process in Bosnia and Herzegovina through passionate personal stories of young activists from Bosnia and Herzegovina.