Lyrical Sanctuary


Lyrical Sanctuary is UWM’s monthly open mic night, featuring standout spoken word artists, music, art, and YOU! Now in its seventeenth 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.

Lyrical Sanctuary: 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 Spring 2020


Britteney Black Rose Kapri
Chicago, IL| Wed., February 12

About the feature:

Britteney Black Rose Kapri is a poet, teaching artist, and Slytherin from Chicago. She is currently an alumna turned Teaching Artist Fellow at YoungChicago Authors. Britteney is a staff member for Black Nerd Problems andPink Door Women’s Writing Retreat. Her first chapbook titled “Winona and Winthrop” was published in June of 2014 through New School Poetics. Her first full-length collection, “Black QueerHoe”, was published in September 2018 via Haymarket Books. She has also been published in the Breakbeat Poets Volume One & Two, Poetry Magazine, Vinyl, Day One, Seven Scribes, The Offing, Kinfolks Quarterly and her number on many dive bar bathroom walls

James Sokolowski
Milwaukee, WI| Wed., March 11

About the feature:

A UWM Alumni, scholar, educator, wordsmith, and dynamic performance artist, James D. Sokolowski could be considered a renaissance man in the Milwaukee community. He has been involved in the Milwaukee hip-hop and spoken-word scenes since his early teens when he began writing and performing.

His personal and professional experience directly informs his writing and performing- his heartfelt, poignant, and thought-provoking poetry often chronicles the experiences of urban youth, education and the systems that perpetuate racism, poverty, disparity, and injustice.

James has motivated audiences while performing on many stages from small cafes to large conference centers; conducting writing workshops, delivering keynote addresses and educational presentations.


Kentrell Washington
Milwaukee, WI | Wed., April 8

About the feature:

Kentrell is a Milwaukee native, a future therapist, self-proclaimed James Baldwinfan-boy, a self-proclaimed critic of masculinity, especially Black masculinity, a self-proclaimed manga nerd, a brother, an uncle, a friend and so much more. The pen has been his choice of weapon for around 14 years now and it’s meant so much to him. He’s gone from writing only poems to writing short stories and essays. He is not only a poet, but he is also a writer. He carries many identities and experiences and he feels very grateful to be given the opportunity to share those.


Lyrical Sanctuary Student Showcase
Milwaukee, WI | Wed., May 6

What is it?
The 8th Annual Student Showcase where UWM students will be our featured artists!

Why you shouldn’t miss it:
Student artists collectively headlining the final Lyrical Sanctuary event of the school year.

We want to hear you!
If you are interested in being one of our featured students, send us a message! It will be a fun night of poetry, music, and workshops you don’t want to miss.

For more information about all Lyrical Sanctuary events contact:
Nanis Rodriguez
Sociocultural Programming Coordinator
(414) 229-6698

Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming