Will The Poet

Poet, Educator, Performance Artist 

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 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.

Recent Poetry Highlights

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at The Hotchkiss School

Will features as the keynote for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the Walter Crain Portrait Dedication at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut.

Check out the complete performance here! 

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


Sway in The Morning on Sirius XM SHA45

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