Lyrical Sanctuary


Lyrical Sanctuary is UWM’s monthly open mic night, featuring standout spoken word artists, live music and art, and YOU! For the past 15 years, 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.

Check out the Lyrical Sanctuary Features for Spring 2017!

Lyrical Sanctuary presents Miles Hodges
In honor of Black History Month | Wed., Feb. 8


Performance History:

The Apollo, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian, Brooklyn Academy of Music & the Nuyorican Poets Cafe
Television Features:
Second and third seasons of the TV series, “Verses and Flow”
Performed in Delhi, India as a poet-in-residence for the American Embassy School and assisted with the relief effort on the ground in Haiti
What he hopes the future holds:
A cup of coffee and some James Baldwin

Check out the event on Facebook, here.


Lyrical Sanctuary presents MVP
In honor of Women’s History Month | Wed., Mar. 8

Described as:
An inspirational spoken word artist
Her Work:
Inspires audiences to tap into their greatness and live life on purpose!
Released an online spoken word album in 2016 titled “Take Off Your Shoes and Walk With Me”November 9th, 2016

Check out the event on Facebook, here.


Lyrical Sanctuary presents KJ Prodigy
In honor of National Poetry Month | Wed., Apr. 12th

Introduction to Spoken Word:
Local mentors, Kwabena Antoine Nixon & Muhibb Dyer; Lupe Fiasco’s “Superstar”
“Paris of the Midwest”
Collected Works:
52 composition notebooks full of poetry, plays, short stories, songs, sketches, etc.
Performance History:

UW-Green Bay’s Black History Month Celebration, Madison’s Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Green Bay’s Addressing Disproportionality Conference, Lloyd Barbie Montessori School’s Peace Summit

Check out the event on Facebook, here.

Lyrical Sanctuary presents the 5th annual Student Showcase | Wed., April 12
A select group of standout UWM student performers
Collectively headlining the final Lyrical Sanctuary event of the school year
Why you should not miss this one:

Aside from thought-provoking entertainment and free food, you want to support your Panther poets!

Check out the event on Facebook, here.

For more information, contact:

Michaela Murry
Sociocultural Programming
(414) 229-3894

Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming.