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Union Fireside Lounge
2200 East Kenwood Blvd. Milwaukee, WI 53211, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211
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 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.
ABOUT THE FEATURE:
Ajanae Dawkins is a Michigan and New York Native, currently receiving a dual degree in English Creative Writing, and Communication Arts with a certificate in African American
Studies from the University of Wisconsin — Madison. She is on a full tuition scholarship with the OMAI First Wave, Hip-hop and Urban Arts scholarship for her poetry.
Ajanae has performed and featured at venues across the country including the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. She has opened for the
United Nations Secretary of Sexual Violence in Conflict. She is a two time individual finalist for the Rustbelt regional slam, crowning her as one of the top five poets in the midwest, twice. In
2015, she debuted her one woman show, Atlantic, directed by Tony award winning, Karen Olivo. She is a fellow of The Watering Hole’s writer’s retreat for African American writers. She was also a contributing writer for the Theatre Lila, theatre company.
Recently, She has been published in The Underscore Review, The Blueshift Journal, Word Riot and Winter Tangerine, and Gramma Poetry. She’s been awarded artist of the year by Delta Sigma Theta sorority incorporated. Her work has also been featured on For Harriet, and Button Poetry. She has been featured in Ebony Magazine for the Faces of Frustration: A Year of Racial Protest. She is a poetry editor for wusgood.black, a literary journal focused on Black urban voices.
Ajanae is currently acting as a Teaching Artist in Madison Wisconsin and working on a full length project, in conjunction with finishing her degrees.
Ajanae has spent the past year living in Spain and Morocco, learning Spanish and Arabic, while conducting research on the role of God in feminism, and perfecting the art of being a
care-free Black girl. The only thing she believes in more than poems is the transformative power of Christ