National Poetry Month Celebration
Lyrikal Storm is a performance based spoken word/poetry group headquartered in Riverdale Maryland. Award winning teacher and Poet Neville Adams galvanizes students to serve as youth activists and champion humanity via the spoken word. Lyrikal Storm started out with just ten students and in eleven years has blossomed into the largest and most prolific teen poetry group in the Washington Metropolitan area. In 2011, the group was blessed to have Clint Smith, who ranks fifth in the world as a slam champion, coach and mentor students in slam poetry.
The primary objective of Lyrikal Storm is to hone poetry writing and spoken word skills through workshops, participation in poetry readings, and competition. Five core principals guide Lyrikal Storm: (1) Knowledge is essential. (2) Community/global awareness and involvement is a civic duty. (3) Strive for sophistication, mediocrity is not an option. (4) Critical thinking and speaking is key to mobility. (5) Once a member, always a member. Currently, Lyrikal Storm is scheduled to perform at the Remembrance Foundation Harlem Renaissance Festival and compete in two slam festivals: Louder Than A Bomb DMV and Brave New Voices.