Belise Nishimwe, a 2019 Poetry Out Loud Oregon Champion, and Pamplin Media Group Amazing Kids
Award Recipient is a poet, scholar, activist, and visionary. She was born and lived in a refugee camp in Tanzania until the age of five when she and her family moved to America through Catholic Charities.
Now a U.S. citizen, she has dedicated herself to creating a platform that gives a voice to marginalized
people and the representation they need.
Currently, she attends Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) on a full-ride, as a distinguished John
B. Ervin Scholar.