Lyrical Sanctuary


Lyrical Sanctuary is UWM’s monthly open mic night, featuring standout spoken word artists, live music and art, and YOU! Now in its sixteenth season, Lyrical Sanctuary has brought students and community members together to share their passion for poetry, music, art, and creative self-expression. Prior to each performance, the featured artist leads a creative writing workshop open to anyone willing to put their pen to the page.

Be inspired. Speak your mind. Leave an impression.

Various Wednesdays | Workshop, Open Mic & Performance
7-7:45pm | Writing Workshop | Inclusive Excellence Center (Union 119)
8-10pm | Open Mic & Performance | UWM Union Fireside Lounge
Free and open to the public.

Lyrical Sanctuary Features for Fall 2017

Ebony Stewart
Baytown, Texas| Wed., Sept. 13

Former sexual health instructor, touring performance artist and slam poet

2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion
Only Adult Female 3x Slam Champion in Austin, Texas
Top Voted Female Touring Poet by the Spoken Word Awards

See Her On:
Button Poetry, Write About Now Poetry, and Poetry Slam Inc.

Also Known As:
The “Gully Princess” who eats cupcakes for fun and writes because she has to



Brit Nicole
Milwaukee, Wisconsin | Wed., Oct. 11

Notable Performances:
Poetry Uplugged, Middle Earth MKE, Imaginary Heroes, Voltage! Teen Slam, and Br(OK)en Genius

PENtastic, an open mic held every 2nd and 4th Tuesday in Milwaukee

Her Work:
Presents the ability to connect with other like-minded individuals through what she calls “The Great Exchange” (the sharing of gifts)

The Mantra:
“…stay present, vulnerable, and open to share”



Lyrical Sanctuary: ACUI Edition
Milwaukee, Wisconsin | Friday, Oct. 27

6:15-7pm | Writing Workshop (Location TBD)
7-9pm | Special Performance (Union Wisconsin Room)

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee will be hosting the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) – Region V Conference this Fall 2017. Sociocultural Programming is proud to announce that we will be adding a special edition of Lyrical Sanctuary to our calendar, which will feature Desireé Dallagiacomo (3rd place winner of the Women of the World Poetry Slam). In addition to our feature, we will also have a spectacular lineup of both UW-Milwaukee students and community members!



Minneapolis, Minnesota | Wed., Nov. 8

Published Work:
His debut release, “A Love Song, A Death Rattle, A Battle Cry” is a mixtape-style exploration of the intersections of art and social justice

Featured on:
Upworthy, Welcome to Night Vale, Everyday Feminism, BBC Radio 6 Music, MSNBC, the Huffington Post

His online work has garnered over ten million views

His Work:
deconstructs traditional notions of masculinity,
challenges dominant narratives related to race and racism,
tells stories about the different jobs he’s had

Lyrical Sanctuary Gives Back
Milwaukee, Wi | Wed., Dec. 6

This month gives both students and community members the chance to make a difference this holiday season. This will be a night of celebration and fellowship as Sociocultural Programming teams up with both our UW-Milwaukee Food Pantry, “The Offering”, and Urban Threads. Participants are invited to donate canned goods along with various new clothing items to benefit the Milwaukee Public School students impacted by homelessness.

There will also be an extended open mic!

For more information, contact:

Michaela Murry
Sociocultural Programming
(414) 229-3894

Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming.