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, East Lansing, and East Africa. Will's doctoral studies focus on Curriculum Instruction and Teacher Education. 

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


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! 

Spoken Word Artist of the Year

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

Pamoja (As One)



Performance Master Class w/ Will The Poet


Locations TBA


Performance Master Class w/ Will The Poet

Poetry Performance Masterclass: Coming Spring 2020 to both Detroit and Lansing! 

Artists will work directly with Will, with a pre-selected w...


Locations TBA

Below the Stacks

Check out my latest video a collaboration of EPIC proportions! 

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! 

Motown Mic: Spoken Word Artist of the Year


Sway in The Morning on Sirius XM SHA45

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