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Sociocultural Programming: Lyrical Sanctuary

Lyrical Sanctuary Open Mic & Performance Series

Lyrical Sanctuary Open Mic & Performance Series

A UWM Tradition for the Past 12 Years!

Metaphors, memories and poetic injustice -- we want to hear your food for thought! Lyrical Sanctuary is UWM's monthly open mic night, featuring standout spoken word artists, and most importantly, YOU!

BE INSPIRED. SPEAK YOUR MIND. LEAVE AN IMPRESSION.

To recommend artists for consideration, email sociocul@uwm.edu.

Janette...ikz ("Genetics")

Wednesday, March 12
8-10pm Open Mic & Performance | Union Fireside Lounge
Free and open to the public

March’s featured performer is MissTerious Janette..ikz (pronounced “Mysterious Genetics”), whose early life experiences with abuse and poverty led her to music, poetry, dance and above all, faith. Her ultimate goal is to use praise and performance to keep the mind and heart of a servant. "I believe we should speak, write music and be honest about where we are and what we've been through. It's the REAL testimony that will help, change, encourage and equip others. So I plan to tell it!" 
 
Co-sponsored by UWM Campus Activities Board and UWM Women's Resource Center.

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Kevin Coval

Kevin Coval

Wednesday, April 9
7-7:45pm | Writing Workshop | Inclusive Excellence Center (Union 198)
8-10pm Open Mic & Performance | Union Fireside Lounge
Free and open to the public

Kevin Coval is the founder of Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival.  He recently released a book, Schtick, which was described by The Chicago Tribune as "a sensational collection, alternately heartfelt, humorous and provocatively political." He serves as the Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors and offers youth writing workshops throughout Chicago and beyond.

 

 

STUDENT SHOWCASE

Wednesday, May 7
8-10pm | Union Fireside Lounge
Free and open to the public

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 student performers to collectively headline the finale of this year’s Lyrical Sanctuary series. Are you a chosen one?

 
 
 
 
 
STUDENT SHOWCASE
Kwabena Antoine Nixon

Kwabena Antoine Nixon

Wednesday, February 12
7-7:45pm | Writing Workshop | Inclusive Excellence Center (Union 198)
8-10pm | Open mic & performance | Union Fireside Lounge
Free and open to the public

Kwabena Antoine Nixon is a nationally-known spoken word artist, writer, educator, organizer, and motivational speaker.Born and raised on Chicago’s west side, which was known in the 80s as the “gangbang capital of the world,” he lost his father to street violence at the age of 11. Searching for voice and purpose, he began to write. Antoine (as he was known then) made the transformation to Kwabena when a local community elder gave him the name meaning “Inspirator.” Kwabena has dedicated his life’s work to inspiring not just a generation but a movement.

Cosponsored by the UWM Black Cultural Center and Black Student Union.

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