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 Spring 2019



Alysia Harris
Atlanta, GA | Wed., February 13th


Known for:
Her warm personality, poetry, linguistics

Yale University, New Haven, CT, Candidate for PhD in Linguistics, Expected May 2016
New York University, New York, NY, Candidate for MFA in Creative Writing,
Yale University, New Haven, CT, M.Phil. in Linguistics
Yale University, New Haven, CT, M.A. in Linguistics
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, B.A. with Honors in Linguistics,

Her work:
“I want to talk to you about pain. I want to talk to you about joy with the wish that we may experience a little more of it here.”

What’s next: 
In addition to being a poet, I am also a teacher and scholar hoping to center more and more of my non-creative work around the issues of spirituality & sexuality, women’s empowerment, and racial/cultural reconciliation through workshops, panels, and discussion series




Vikki Porter
Milwaukee, WI | Wed., March 14th


Her work speaks on:
She is committed to uplifting people using her gift of speaking using her love of the art of spoken word. Porter’s work focuses on motivating and inspiring others through their struggles in life.

Dual talented: Vikki is poet and a hip-hop artist.

Founder of: 
MVP Speaks 


Ryan Hurley
Milwaukee, WI | Wed., April 10th


Accomplishments: four-time National Poetry Slam team member and has been featured in multiple national publications and anthologies including The Progressive, Burning Word, Dream of a Nation and Positive Impact Magazine.

Roles: Ryan is an educator, author and community organizer spending more than a decade organizing for more equitable education systems.
Passionate about: Equitable education systems


Student Showcase
Milwaukee, WI | Wed., May 8th

Students of UWM will come out and showcase their talents for Lyrical Sanctuary! Come out to support you local UWM talents!

For more information contact

Nanis Rodriguez
Sociocultural Programming Coordinator
(414) 229-6698

Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming.