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, East Lansing, and East Africa. 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

4/2/19

Will The Poet @ East End Neighborhood House

3pm - 5pm

2749 Woodhill Rd, Cleveland OH 44104

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4/2/19

Will The Poet @ East End Neighborhood House

Community leaders and educators unite! Will discusses YPAR and community-engaged teaching projects as part of the Fulbright Alumni TIES Lecture Series. 

3pm - 5pm

2749 Woodhill Rd, Cleveland OH 44104

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! 


Sign up for the Rally of Writers HERE! 

Lansing Community College, West Campus

4/10/19

Will The Poet @ Lenawee District Library

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Lenawee District Library, 4459 W US 223, Adrian

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4/10/19

Will The Poet @ Lenawee District Library

This is the Lenawee District Library's first Community Poetry Night! Come on out and read a poem, and enjoy a performance from Will Langford too! 


Learn more about the event here (LDL Website)! 

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Lenawee District Library, 4459 W US 223, Adrian

4/19/19

Radical Love Teach-In

2pm - 5pm

620 Farm Lane East Lansing, MI 48824

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4/19/19

Radical Love Teach-In

This event will engage P-20 educators and community members in teaching demonstrations that explore social justice issues such as ableism, immigration, racism, classism, and homophobia. The demonstrations will span teaching and learning contexts, including K-12, higher education, and community-based settings. We will explore possibilities for enacting radical love through teaching and learning in the context of persistent social injustice.

2pm - 5pm

620 Farm Lane East Lansing, MI 48824

4/26/19

Will The Poet @ East Lansing Public Library

2:30pm - 5:30pm

East Lansing Public Library

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4/26/19

Will The Poet @ East Lansing Public Library

Middle and high school students are invited to a poetry/performance workshop and a reading led by Will "The Poet" Langford! 


Learn more about the event here at the EL Public Library Website! 

2:30pm - 5:30pm

East Lansing Public Library

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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