The Performance Poet
Jo’rell H. Whitfield, known on the stage as Lyrical, was born and reared in Queens, NY, and moved to Baltimore, MD to study English at Morgan State University. In college, he honed in on his passion, poetry, while learning literary techniques for novels, script and screenwriting. He has been performing spoken word poetry for 15 years, and in such time has won countless poetry slams gaining the kinship and respect of some of the greatest poets to date. Lyrical has performed across the country in historical venues from The Nuyorican in New York, to The Savoy in Los Angeles, to the Smithsonian in our Nation’s capital. He’s also performed at over 50 colleges, universities, and high schools across America.
With performing and writing partner, Archie the Messenger, Lyrical has written five poetry shows including a theater poetry play which has toured six major cities. The duo created Writing4MyLife, an independent entity founded in efforts to reintroduce art and writing to today’s youth.
Jo’rell is the author of the critically acclaimed poetry book The Deferred Dream, published in 2012. T he Deferred Dream, the first poetry book and appendage to his upcoming fiction novel The Deferred Dream: Chronicles of Hope(set to release in March of 2016), puts the reader in the mind of the novel’s protagonist, writer and student –Terrence Dixon, and expounds on the vision of the novel further detailing the character’s experience.
Expanding his writing journey, Jo’rell’s first “ What would you do?” book, Claire And Duke: Beats By Dre, gave him an opportunity to lead a team of collaborative writers to mastermind a t ale that explores love, lust, vanity, greed, and hope and has over 40 endings based on the decisions of the reader! Claire and Duke reintroduces the “What would you do?” style of novels to a new reading generation.