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Sociocultural Programming: Lyrical Sanctuary

LYRICAL SANCTUARY

LYRICAL SANCTUARY

Open Mic & Performance Series

A UWM Tradition for the Past 13 Years!

Lyrical Sanctuary is UWM’s monthly open mic night, featuring standout spoken word artists, live music and art, and YOU! Lyrical Sanctuary brings 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.

All Lyrical Sanctuary events are sponsored by UWM Union Sociocultural Programming and are free and open to the public.

To recommend artists for consideration as monthly features, email sociocul@uwm.edu or connect with us on Facebook: UWM Sociocultural.

Kyla Lacey

Wednesday, February 11th

7-7:45pm Writing Workshop | Inclusive Excellence Center (Union 198)
8-10pm Open Mic & Performance | Union Fireside Lounge

Cosponsored by the UWM Campus Activities Board.

Kyla Jenee Lacey is a spoken word artist who hails from the sunshine state, which goes along perfectly with her personality. She has performed at colleges and venues in almost 20 states. In addition, she’s facilitated poetry workshops for college and high school age students and enjoys giving back to the community. Her poetry is based off of her real life experiences and she enjoys telling her story of triumphing over tragedy. She likes short walks on the beach and is an aspiring cat lady. When telling her story, Kyla has the ability to make you laugh about even some of the roughest times in life.

Kyla Lacey
Terisa Siagatonu

Terisa Siagatonu

Wednesday, March 11th

7-7:45pm Writing Workshop | Inclusive Excellence Center (Union 198)
8-10pm Open Mic & Performance | Union Fireside Lounge

In Celebration of Women’s History Month

Terisa Siagatonu is a spoken word artist and arts educator born and rooted in the Bay Area. Her emergence into the spoken word world as a queer Samoan womyn and activist has granted her opportunities to perform on stages ranging from San Francisco’s historical Herbst Theatre to the White House. The most memorable moment in her career was receiving President Obama’s Champion of Change Award for her activism as a Pacific Islander spoken word artist/arts activist in her community. Off stage, she is working towards her Masters in Marriage/Family Therapy as a graduate student at USC.

 

Miles Hodges

Wednesday, April 8th

7-7:45pm Writing workshop | Inclusive Excellence Center (Union 198)
8-10pm Open Mic & Performance | Union Fireside Lounge

Miles Hodges' thought provoking work has captured the attention of audiences across the globe and his poems have garnered well over 1 million views on YouTube.Miles has performed on various stages across the country, including The Apollo Theater, Kennedy Center, and The Smithsonian Museum. As a former Youth Slam Poet Champion and Young Futurist (via The Root), he has graced the stage with the likes of Amiri Baraka, Saul Williams, and Sonia Sanchez. Most recently, he was featured on the second, third and fourth seasons of TV Ones’ hit series “Verses and Flow.”

 

 
 
 
Miles Hodges
3rd annual UWM Student Showcase

3rd annual UWM Student Showcase

Wednesday, May 6th

7-7:45pm Writing Workshop | Inclusive Excellence Center (Union 198)
8-10pm Open Mic & Performance | Union Fireside Lounge

The month of May brings the completion of another school year. What better way to reward students right before finals than with a platform for expression and a spotlight from which to share their creativity? We've selected a handful of standout UWM student performers to collectively headline the finale of this year's Lyrical Sanctuary series.

Are you a chosen one?

Past Student Showcase Selections:

2013: Danielle "Lilo" Allen, Alexis "L.E.X." Dean, James Blacks, Maria LaMacchia

2014: Britney "Brit Nicole" Morgan, Maria Peeples, Gayle Smaller Jr.

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