Will The Poet

Poet, Educator, Performance Artist 

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About Will The Poet

Will Langford, a Detroit native, is a poet, teaching artist, and Fulbright scholar. He divides his energy between education and community development projects in his hometown and East Africa. He is the Lead Language Arts instructor for Michigan State University/Marshall Mathers Foundation's VERSES: Exploring Literacy Through Lyrics and Song Project. Will is a doctoral student in Curriculum Instruction and Teacher Education at Michigan State University. 


Will Langford is the 2017 Motown Mic Spoken Word Artist of the Year. As a performance artist, Will’s poetry has garnered “Best of Show” in the American Advertising Awards, a Michigan Emmy Award, and the Ambrose Patullo Poetry Prize from Michigan State University, where Langford graduated with the distinction of “Most Outstanding Senior” as a recipient of the Richard Lee Featherstone Endowed Prize.


Will's writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Detroit Neighborhood Guidebook, PANK Magazine, Rain Taxi Review of Books, Work/6, Falling Hard, TIME Magazine Online, and 2 Bridges Review

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Recent Poetry Highlights

Will recently debuted his original poem, "Pamoja" (As One) at the Michigan State University Breslin Events Center.

Learn more about "Pamoja" Here! 

Upcoming Performances

1/20/19

Jazz: Spirituals, Prayer and Protest

3pm & 7pm

Fairchild Theater, East Lansing, MI

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1/20/19

Jazz: Spirituals, Prayer and Protest

MSU’s annual commemorative concert and presentation celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will also include a special tribute to Detroit’s very own Aretha Franklin, featuring memorable tunes from Motown. 

The concert is one of the main events of the university-wide MLK Day celebration themed “Free Speech: Constitutional Right vs. Respectful Discourse” in 2019. 

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3pm & 7pm

Fairchild Theater, East Lansing, MI

4/6/19

A Rally of Writers Keynote

Lansing Community College, West Campus

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4/6/19

A Rally of Writers Keynote

Be inspired! 


This one-day conference will feature readings, writing workshops, and a keynote speech/performance by Will Langford! 

Lansing Community College, West Campus

Pamoja (As One)

Performance Poetry Video Gallery

"Uncommon Will"

ABC WXYZ Detroit: Motown Mic

ABC WXYZ Detroit: Motown Mic: Spoken Word Artist of the Year interview with Any Prakash! 

Spoken Word Artist of the Year

"Mary Wells" Live on ABZ WXYZ with Annmarie LaFlamme! 

Motown Mic: Spoken Word Artist of the Year

"Schooled"

Sway in The Morning on Sirius XM SHA45

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