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 Fall 2021


Unique Russ
Milwaukee, WI| Wed., September 8

About the feature:

Unique Russ is a Wom(y)n with many trades. A writer, poet, performer, host, “ARTivist”, DJ, teaching artist, connector, and creator of vibrations. Her passion for storytelling started at birth but it was sparked in the 8th grade. In the 9th grade began to participate in a non-profit organization called Still Waters Collective. Now she has Performed at over 100 shows: many local art events, coffee shops, block parties, City Hall, femme fest, Turner Hall, Pridefest, and some in Madison, Oshkosh, Chicago, Arizona, Texas, and more.

Presenting workshops at 15 schools around the city of Milwaukee and participated with multiple community organizations to be restorative in the intersectionality of Trauma and the healing powers in knowing thyself. From adults to youth: classroom to stages, she stands to be the voice for the unheard. All while spreading unconditional love, building, healing, and cultivating the people and their stories.

You can find her at the Retreat Every third Wednesday hosting an open mic called PENtastic.

David Romero
Diamond Bar, CA | Wed., October 13

About the feature:

David A. Romero is a Mexican-American spoken word artist from Diamond Bar, CA. Romero is the author of My Name Is Romero (FlowerSong Press 2020), a book reviewed by Gustavo Arellano (¡Ask a Mexican!), Curtis Marez (University Babylon), and founding member of Ozomatli, Ulises Bella. Romero has appeared at over seventy-five colleges and universities in thirty different states in the USA. Romero’s work has been published in literary magazines in the United States, England, and Canada, including North American Review, The Temz Review, Literary Cultures, Black Bear Review, Pine Hills Review, and Angels Flight • literary west.

Romero was the second poet to be featured on All Def Digital. Romero has opened for Latin Grammy-winning bands Ozomatli and La Santa Cecilia. Romero’s work has been published alongside poets laureate Luis J. Rodriguez, Jack Hirschman, Alejandro Murguia, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Romero has won the Uptown Slam at the historic Green Mill in Chicago, the birthplace of slam poetry. Romero has been featured on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles and KPFT 90.1 FM Houston. Romero’s poetry deals with family, identity, social justice issues, and Latinx culture.


Hosanna Conway
Milwaukee, WI | Wed., November 10

About the feature:

Hosanna Conway is a daughter, sister, friend, and poet. She is a self-proclaimed survivor of life and of other’s hate. She has been writing long before inspiration and has often been told she is an old soul. Hosanna believes that she is not only a poet, but is poetry herself and says that poetry has saved her life countless times. She is inspired by her mentors to share her work with others.

Hosanna spends time mentoring children with disabilities and has been volunteering for over 5 years. Her goal is to help and serve others whether it is through poetry or through acts of service, by inspiring and encouraging others as well as showing love and affection.


Lyrical Sanctuary Gives Back Featuring Adisa Simone
Milwaukee, WI | Wed., December 8

About the feature: 

Adisa Simone is an artist. Amongst many other things, including being a mother of two children, 15-year-old Nasier and 10-year-old Zaria. Adisa started writing at a very young age as a form of release of emotions, dreams, and thoughts. Over time she developed a desire to release her thoughts, stories, and emotions on stage, in classrooms, and in organizations in hopes that others will hear and be inspired to create and share their own stories.

After years of youth work Adisa stepped into her calling and started The Ankh Project Arts and Ent. A production company that focuses on social and self-development through Art and where she teaches multiple forms of dance, theater, and creative writing. Adisa’s goal is to encourage others to walk in their truth and purpose to create and allow their gifts to make room for their life’s mission


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