Lyrical Sanctuary


Lyrical Sanctuary, UWM’s open mic celebrates its 20th anniversary this semester! 

Lyrical Sanctuary is UWM’s monthly open mic night, featuring a standout spoken word artist, live music and art, and YOU! It is a campus tradition that brings students and community members together to share their passion for poetry and creative self-expression. Prior to each performance, the monthly 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 2022

Derrick Harriell 
Mississippi | Wed. February, 9

About the feature:

 Derrick Harriell is the Otillie Schillig Associate Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi. His poem collections are Cotton (Aquarius Press- Willow Books 2010), Ropes (Aquarius Press- Willow Books 2013- winner of the 2014 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Book Award), and Stripper in Wonderland (LSU Press 2017). Mikey Cody Apollo  is the author of the self-published collection of poetry titled Black GirlsSilenceand Other Things Made of Gold, which has been used in classrooms, workshops, and book clubs across the United States. 


Melissa K. Mursch
Milwaukee, WI | Wed. March, 9

About the feature:

Melissa K. Mursch is a poet, fiber artist, art educator, and UWM alum. Melissa’s fine arts practice still includes making fibrous works along with leading cultural & curatorial projects. Her practice has also extended to poetry, which you can read in her self-published zine “alternative love letters”, as well as online. 


Matthew Lewis 
Milwaukee, WI | Wed. April, 13

About the feature:

Matthew Lewis (He/Him) is a Black Queer poet, R&B enthusiast, and playlist scholar from the Sherman Park neighborhood in Milwaukee, WI.  He currently works as Director of Pathways for Public Allies Milwaukee. He has a bachelor’s degree in English-Creative Writing University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Matthew’s work enjoys exploring the intimacies of Black life, Black Queer Joy, and the possibilities of a world where Black folk can breathe easy.  


Lyrical Sanctuary Student Showcase 

12 Of The Best Slam Poetry Performances To Leave You In Awe

Lyrical Sanctuary finishes the year with our student participants in the spotlight. There will be a writing workshop before the open mic night. You are more than welcome to attend this event & watch students creating artistic expressions!  

For more information about all Lyrical Sanctuary events contact:
Kiara Rosado
Sociocultural Programming Undergraduate Assistant
(414) 229-6698

Sponsored by the Self-Care Club at UWM and Sociocultural Programming