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

3/20/19

Be in the Room

6pm - 9pm

Reach Art Studio, 1804 S Washington Ave. Lansing, MI

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3/20/19

Be in the Room

Do you want to win two tickets to see Hamilton at the Wharton Center on May 16th, 2019? Do you want to participate in an experience that provides a cross-pollination of lyrical expression? Do you want to display your talents on a Wharton Center stage? Then you need to be in the room. Be in the Room is one part workshop/ one part creative competition/ one part performance experience that is designed to cultivate and energize the local creative scene. The finalist will have the privilege of performing at the Wharton Center's Pasant Theatre and the winner will win two tickets to see Hamilton.

Sign up via Eventbrite Here! 

6pm - 9pm

Reach Art Studio, 1804 S Washington Ave. Lansing, MI

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

4/11/19

Will The Poet @ Lenawee District Library

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Lenawee District Library, 4459 W US 223, Adrian

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4/11/19

Will The Poet @ Lenawee District Library


6:00pm - 7:30pm

Lenawee District Library, 4459 W US 223, Adrian

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! 

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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