Upon being approached by the University of Maryland Center for the African Diaspora, Neville Adams and Aliya B. Carter created a school wide poetry slam competition. The competition combined with the Dr. Seuss Read Across America initiative was set to find students to be nominated to participate in the student competition against the University of Maryland Poetry Slam team on April 24, 2003 during the annual Maryland Day festivities. The response was overwhelming and illustrated the need for teens to have a voice while showcasing their creative writing and speaking abilities. Mr. Adams and Ms. Carter took on the challenge and founded the The poetry group Lyrikal Storm is based at Parkdale High School. Since the initial stages the group has performed in more than 20 venues and has been featured in the Prince George’s Post, The Prince George’s County Gazette, Cable channel 76 program “Sojourn With Words”, and The Washington Post, www.im4radio.com. The group performs various styles and adapts their poetry performances to the audience's needs. The over 30-member group prides itself on depth of thought and conceptual interpretation.
In June of 2005 Lyrical Storm hosted the inter-county poetry slam and placed first in the competition. The members have hosted and performed at numerous poetry sessions, competition, and workshops at Starbucks Cafe, Java Head Café, Café Mawanaj, The Mocha Hut, Infusions Tea Cafe, Border’s Books, and the Maryland Book fest with Etan Thomas, Sojourner Douglass College, the Publick Playhouse, XM radio, and can be heard every Friday on the internet radio station www.im4radio.com show “Adolescent Expressway.”
At every competition or performance, members of the group have shown exemplary depth of content and superb mastery of literary devices and drama. Members of the group have gained acclaim by winning numerous contests and performing at a number of area wide events such as Prince George’s County Idol and the International Teen Slam competitions which in Prince George’s County and New York City respectively. The group has also performed along side “Colours Arts In Education Group” in “Rosa Remembered” (2006) to benefit the fight against poverty and in “Aids Awareness Day” activities. It is because of the team's perseverance and commanding performances that they have been commissioned by the director of Youth & Community Programs to be the feature presenters in the Black History/Black Love Poetry Extravaganza at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in February 2006 and the M-NCPPC Holiday Open House.
The group has also formed an alliance with neighboring Universities and non-profit organizations such as Prince George’s Community College, Anne Arundel Community College, Howard University, the Creative Writing Alliance, and the Educational Consulting Group in order to affirm the known fact that artistic talent runs parallel with academic achievement. Presently the group is working on the publication of a group anthology, CD, and DVD, which will feature techniques for making poetry come alive as a teaching tool to be distributed to English teachers in the Washington Metropolitan Area.